DATES FOR YOUR DI­ARY

Flo­ral de­lights to brighten up Fe­bru­ary

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Awe-in­spir­ing orchids

For an up­lift­ing dose of warmth and colour head to Kew Gar­dens’ Thai-in­spired orchid festival inside the Princess of Wales Con­ser­va­tory. A mag­nif­i­cent dis­play of orchids among the sights and sounds of Thai­land pro­vides a wel­come re­prieve from the Bri­tish win­ter. 10 Fe­bru­ary–11 March. kew.org

White car­pet walks

Mar­vel at the first signs of spring dur­ing a snow­drop walk at Rode Hall, Cheshire. With around 70 va­ri­eties of this much-loved flower, it can’t fail to make you feel op­ti­mistic. rode­hall.co.uk

Early bloomers

If you want a glimpse of spring, look out for the Na­tional Trust Valen­tine’s Day Flower Count. Last year, Sal­tram in Devon had the high­est num­ber of flow­ers on 14 Fe­bru­ary (176 blooms) for the sec­ond year run­ning. Gar­dens in the South West are usu­ally the fur­thest ahead in the UK. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk

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