We often speak about the flowers that herald the arrival of spring and yet what about snowdrops? This is the flower that heralds the end of winter.
Fair Maids of February
Yes, lovely snowdrops. They are more commonly called, most appropriately, the ‘Fair Maids of February’ or the ‘Flower of Hope’. With their grey green sword like leaves and drooping bell shaped snow white flowers they are a pretty and welcome sight in our gardens.
In the cold and wet weather of February snowdrops push their way through the frozen earth to create swathes of white carpet in woodlands, meadows and gardens. Its Latin name ‘Galanthus nivalis’ means ‘milk flower’ and ‘nivalis’ meaning ‘of the snow’. If you want snowdrops in your garden next spring plant this coming April or early May.
Although this lovely plant naturalises very easily once established, it can be tricky in its early days. It requires a moist environment to truly thrive often preferring damp woods and shady gardens. so avoid planting where the soil might dry out over the summer. Need advice? Call Hambrooks of Titchfield where one of our team can help you.
Snowdrop walks are increasingly popular and there is one right on our doorstop at Mottisfont Abbey in the valley of the River Test.