REFLECTION: The magic of snowdrops

I’m beginning to understand Galanthophiles and their obsession with snowdrops, if only because there aren’t many other flowers to look at this time of year! Their flower fairy milk white flowers bring so much joy on a bright frosty morning.

A spectacle in masses outside (visit Welford Park for the biggest spectacle of all) I like digging a few up and bringing them inside for the whole family to ogle at in more detail. 

They like to be divided and spread about ‘in the green’ so divide a couple of plants from the garden and pot up into flower pots to put on the kitchen table. Once the flowers are over you can replant them in the same space or start a new colony in a slightly shady spot beneath trees or shrubs. If you don’t have any in your garden then you can buy small pots of them from garden centres at this time of year.

 

“Beautiful Flower!” said the Sunbeams, “how graceful and delicate you are!
You are the first, you are the only one!
You are our love! You are the bell that rings out for summer, beautiful summer, over country and town.
All the snow will melt; the cold winds will be driven away; we shall rule; all will become green, and then you will have companions, syringas, laburnums, and roses;
but you are the first, so graceful, so delicate!”

Extract from ‘The Snowdrop’ by Hans Christian Anderson

Other things to do this week

  • forage long branches of hazel catkins to display in a tall vase
  • make marmalade (see marmalade post for recipes) while seville oranges are in season
  • buy sweet pea seeds to sow beginning of February – I’ve bought Prince Edward of York and Full on Fragrance Sweet Pea Mix both from www.sarahraven.com
  • top up bird baths and smash the ice on frosty mornings for thirsty songbirds

Go and see

  • the starling murmurations as the sun sets in the Avalon marshes, Somerset  

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