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England in April, May

I'm going to the UK but I'm not sure which is a better month, April or May. Could anyone tell me when the first flowers and leaves are coming out. I don't want to miss them, but I also want to go when it's a bit cheaper. Thanks.

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Depends where you mean. You say England in the title, UK in the text. Much like the US, (I know you're in Canada), where it greens from south to north. There are areas where change starts early, but you're more likely to see daffodils and crocus in May, and further south.

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Nigel's right, it's hard to predict. I live on the south coast and this year the daffodils were starting to come out in January after a 'warm' spell! Mind you, they seemed to stop once it got cold again. If you're headed to London I would think either month would be OK, but as Robin says, April might be best if it's daffodils you really want

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If you want to see the daffodils in their fullest I would suggest going in April.....they have thousands of daffodils, they are so beautiful. I've been there in late March before and the daffodils were out then which was in Yorkshire and the south part of England. It really depends on what part of the UK you are in and it can change from year to year depending on the weather.

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Robin, that's why I said it depends where. We're in the Midlands, and that is my experience. You may have been in London or the South for yours? Also, really, nobody knows from year to year. Global warming, and all, you know? It does vary a lot. I buried my father in May a few years ago and the bluebells hadn't started.

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September is also cheaper and absolutely fabulous for gardens. Bring an umbrella for April & May. You're from Kamloops...think Vancouver weather.

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No matter when you go, if you want to see some absolutely lovely flowers and gardens in general, be sure you go to Kew Gardens in London. They are worth at least 1/2 day and you could spend much more than 1 day there if you had the time and inclination. They have some wonderful greenhouses (several have been there for many,many years and there is a relatively new one dedicated to Diana), along with lots of different areas to explore. Easy to get to by Tube (though it is in zone 5 or 6).

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Thanks to everyone for replying. I put UK because I'm doing all the UK, but it's England that I really care about seeing leaves on trees and atleast a few flowers of whatever kind. I just didn't want to go and the trees were all bare wherever I went.

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FYI, Kew Gardens, a MOST excellent suggestion, is on the border of zone 3 and zone 4 so a ticket for either will work.

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If you love flowers and are able to do a larger part of the UK there are lots of lovely gardens! There are even special passes that you can get that will get you reduced admission to many. Also, in the spring many private stately homes and manor houses participate in a program to open their gardens to visitors. Do some web research if this interests you.

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If you want trees in fresh leaf it is better to come during May. The first Spring flowers are out when the majority of trees are still bare or in early bud. The London Royal Parks (St James' and Regent's in particular) will have lovely flower displays and daylight hours are getting near their maximum.

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May offers some of the best UK weather - most sunshine and least rainfall...

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In most parts of England, the weather is cold in April.

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The weather is better in May. The upside to April is that it's still early in the season and crowds, and sometimes prices, are lower. EIther month can be great.

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Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park are fantastic....you could see Windsor Great Park then go to Savill..it would be a lovely day.