Wednesday, 3 February 2010


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.


  1. Snowdrop Time
    by Mary Webb

    Ah hush! Tread softly through the rime,
    For there will be a blackbird singing, or a thrush.
    Like coloured beads the elm buds flush:
    All the trees dream of leaves and flowers and light
    And see! The northern bank is much more white
    Than frosty grass, for now is snowdrop time.

    If visiting Scotland, you can find a guide to gardens where you can see snowdrops here:

  2. Thank you so much, Andy. Next year, in Scotland!