‘’The snowdrop and primrose our woodlands adorn,
And violets bathe in the wet o’ the morn’’
– Robert Burns (1759-1796)
Whilst the country may be shut down as we face another National Lockdown, thankfully nature doesn’t shut down! Symbolizing hope and new beginnings, the hardy yet delicate Snowdrop flowers between January and April – a welcome sight to brighten the winter months. The Greek name for the Snowdrop is ‘Galanthus’ which translates as ‘milk flower’ and interestingly Snowdrops were named after earrings, not drops of snow! Astonishingly there are more than 2,500 varieties of Snowdrop.
The National Garden Scheme 2021 Snowdrop Festival is due to return – a timely welcome distraction! These beautiful flowers can be viewed in 95 National Garden Scheme Gardens throughout England and Wales during January, February and March. Pre-booking will be essential for all of the Snowdrop Gardens. Please check though for the latest Coronavirus Update with regards to Garden Openings.
For those looking for some garden inspiration and escapism from the comfort of your home, there are 180 virtual gardens to visit on the National Garden Scheme website.
So as we tentatively look forward to leaving the dark winter months behind us (in more ways than one), look out for the appearance of these beautiful delicate white flowers heralding a welcome sign that spring is on its way.
* Covid-19 Coronavirus – We would advise you check the latest Government Guidance before you travel.