Signs Of Spring In Northumberland
Published: Wednesday 27th Mar 2019
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Spring is well and truly upon us…a great time for spending outdoors and going on mini-breaks. But what does the season traditionally bring?
One of the most recognisable signs of Spring is that the daffodils start appearing. Daffodils, with their cheery yellow colours, really add a dash of colour to our gardens and woodlands and are a happy sight to see after the dull and dreary winter months. Daffodils are sometimes called jonquils, and because of their long association with Lent, they're known as the "Lent Lily." Daffodils grow perennially from bulbs, and often in large clusters, which cover lawns and sometimes entire hillsides with the colour yellow. If you want to help daffodils grow in your garden, these tips will really help:
- Daffodils need about 1 inch of water per week while they are actively growing
- Mulch can be helpful
- Rich, well-drained soil with lots of organic matter in it, will really expand the lifespan of a daffodil
- Because a Daffodil is a perennial, every 5 to 10 years, you should divide the clumps of bulbs in early summer.
You may see little lambs starting to appear, and many local farms will have lambing open days. This is a great chance to go and learn about the lambs and maybe even feed it a bottle. There are plenty of chances to get involved with lambing season in Northumberland. One particular place is Wallington. On selected dates, which you can find on their website, you’ll be able to take a tractor trailer ride to the lambing shed at Broomhouse Farm. Here you can help to bottle feed and pet the lambs.
Look out for the first bumblebees on warm days in March and April. These queens have survived the harsh winter and are now looking for nectar and pollen from Spring flowers. If you see a queen bee struggling, you can place a couple of drops of water with a little sugar mixed in, near where they are. Do not bother the bee, but it should crawl over to the water and take some energy from the water. You could try and move the bee into the shade or away from harm, depending on where it is. Try not to handle the bee!
Frogs and toads
One of the first signs of spring is the spawning of frogs and toads in the local area, so you can look out for this. Toads often travel long distances at night when it's cooler, to try and find a pond nearby.
If you are interested in visiting the region this Spring, there are plenty of activities and events to get involved in. Why not visit a Grace Darling Cottage, where you can have a home from home in some beautiful locations across the county, all with well-equipped kitchens and some with stunning views. There is still some late availability in cottages through the Easter holidays if you want to go away on a family break when the kids are off school.