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.
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.
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).
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