The first time I saw a snowdrop, I thought it was a miracle. A flower, blooming in deepest, darkest winter. What a remarkable thing. I’d never seen such a thing before. Hailing from mid-western America, we don’t have any vegetation in the winter. Everything dies or goes into hibernation. Everything is brown and dull and seemingly dead. As we’ve written about before, England stays green and verdant in the winter due to its comparatively warm and moist winters. And that includes flowers that bloom even in the winter. Snowdrops or Galanthus nivalis to call it by its fancy name, are the first ‘spring’ flower to bloom. Sometimes as early as January, but usually in February. Your mileage will vary based on the type of snowdrop (and there are many different types). I first saw them when visiting the Stourhead Gardens in January long ago. I couldn’t believe I was looking at a flower that was blooming in January. It was beautiful. Snowdrops are an unassuming little flower, small and white. Not large like a rose or a daffodil. They appear more delicate than they are. Though they need practically no maintenance, you can plant them and forget about them and they’ll return every year.

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