Today’s photos are from Jane Donelon.
Back in 2008 my son, Jim, brought my daughter, Jean, and me some snowdrops (Galanthus species and hybrids, Zones 3–8) from his New Jersey garden. It was our favorite holiday gift. The tradition has continued, and each winter we receive a bucketful of snowdrops that we pot up to enjoy inside. In the early spring when the ground has thawed in Maine, we plant them outside in our garden. The snowdrops have rapidly multiplied; extras have been shared with friends. This year I’m giving them to neighbors. I’m looking forward to our little neighborhood in Brunswick, Maine, soon becoming alive with snowdrops, bringing beauty and joy to neighbors young and old—and food for hungry bees awakening from their long winter’s rest.
The snowdrop tradition begins in 2008 with great joy.
We enjoy them in pots inside during the winter until the soil has thawed, and then they can be planted outside in the garden.
Snowdrops, the first flowers of spring, are blooming along the stone wall. The bees will soon discover them.
Hardy snowdrops are not bothered by snowfalls.
Over time the snowdrops have multiplied and bloom before crocus in the front border.
A clump of double snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis ‘Flora Pleno’, Zones 3–7) bloom along the hillside path near a very dark hellebore (Helleborus hybrid, Zones 5–9).
This special snowdrop cultivar, Galanthus ‘Viridipice’, was purchased online.
Another cultivar—frilly, green Galanthus ‘Blewbury Tart’—joined the collection. Each one is a small treasure.
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What a lovely gift…so thoughtful, such a joy to see them year after year.
Thanks, Blondie. I am eagerly awaiting their arrival!
Beautiful little snow drops!
Thanks, all! I just noticed that a clump of snowdrops in the corner beneath my outside faucet are all budded up and ready to bloom. With all this warm weather they probably will open soon ...always the first, but this is sooner than other years. I'm glad they are so resilient.
What a lovely gift idea! Thank you for sharing it and beautiful photos of your snowdrops.
So pretty - and the contrast with that dark hellebore is perfect. What a wonderful tradition!
For all you snowdrop lovers: there is a Galanthophile Gala coming up on Mar. 3 and 4 -both virtual and on-line. Check it out. Prices vary and you must register. I joined last year on Zoom and loved it all-lectures, literature, art, auction, vendors, and colorful galanthophiles (snowdrop lovers).
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