Flowers and longer days signal the start of spring

Snowdrops at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford. Elaine Edmead (left) and Nichola Edmead with Gracie Mai

Snowdrops at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford. Elaine Edmead (left) and Nichola Edmead with Gracie Mai Edmead (4) and Stanley Edmead (2). - Credit: Archant

White snowdrops, blue skies and longer days signal the start of a new season.

Snowdrops at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford. Elaine Edmead (left) and Nichola Edmead with Gracie Mai

Snowdrops at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford. Elaine Edmead (left) and Nichola Edmead with Gracie Mai Edmead (4) and Stanley Edmead (2). - Credit: Archant

Today is the first day of spring according to meteorologists and forecasters say warmer weather is just around the corner.

Pure white snowdrops line the walks in the grounds of Ickworth House, near Bury St Edmunds, and in only a week or two daffodils will be in bloom.

It is a similar picture of the start of spring at Kentwell Hall at Long Melford where snowdrops and shoots are amassed in the gardens and woodland.

Alice Bridle, who works in the Visitor Experience department at Ickworth, said: “It’s a lovely time of year. It’s when everything starts afresh again and there are beautiful flowers coming out.”

She said the main areas to see snowdrops are along the Lady Geraldine walk at the front of the house and by the walled gardens.

But she recommended bringing wellies due to the mud.

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Chris Bell, a forecaster with Weatherquest, said over the coming week the weather was going to be quite changeable, with blustery showers, frosts overnight and possibly some sleet, but it should get warmer this coming weekend and into next week.

He said potentially above average temperatures and lighter winds would make it feel “a lot more like spring”.