The seriously cold weather of the last few weeks has halted the emergence of the snowdrops, but these much-loved flowers are now appearing at last. Snowdrops (galanthus) are loved not only because they are very beautiful, but because of their courage in braving the cold, and for their promise of Spring in the darkest days of winter. They are native to a large part of Europe and were probably introduced to this country in the early 16th century.
There are hundreds of varieties of snowdrop, and a carpet of the flowers all blooming together is a wonderful sight. Many houses all over England have famous snowdrop gardens and open them specially when the flowers are in bloom.