Thursday, 10 January 2019

Snowdrops.............

....................or to give them their Latin name Galanthus.

Originally a native of alpine areas of Europe and Asia, it was considered to be a holy plant, a symbol of chastity and purity. According to my little book of plant folklore Snowdrops should only be brought into the house with a 'white purification' ceremony otherwise it's unlucky to have them indoors.

Brother, Joy to you
I've brought some snowdrops; only just a few,
But quite enough to prove the world awake,
Cheerful and hopeful in the frosty dew
And for the pale sun's sake.

Christina Rosetti

The first little clump have appeared in the garden but the ones across the lane are only just showing




Historically they were called "Fair maid of February" or "Candlemas Bells" but now usually appear long before February 2nd.

 I've got a few of the little books of Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker but not the one with Snowdrops, so this is borrowed from on line images, it was on a blog called Inkspired Musings which is no longer being used.

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 It would be good to make an effort/be brave enough on my own, to get to the National Trust Anglesey Abbey which is along the A14 just into Cambridgeshire, they have a collection of dozens of different species of Snowdrops.Their snowdrop gardens are open from mid January, I've made a note.

Back Soon
Sue





27 comments:

  1. Snowdrops are beautiful, I noticed ours have appeared under a tree, hopefully the chickens won't eat them.

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  2. Ah, snowdrops. I love 'em. The great promise in the depths of winter that things will get better. Found a few in my garden too.

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  3. I used to adore those Flower Fairy books as a youngster.
    Anglesea Abbey is well worth a visit, not only for the snowdrops but also to visit the Mill and look round the house (although I bet you already know that).

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  4. We have a tiny clump coming in the side part of the garden and they always fill me with hope. I hope you can see the snowdrops at the NT garden and take some of your beautiful photos yo let us see.

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  5. I love snowdrops and they remind me of winter and hopefully spring will be not to far away.
    It's a very hard frost this morning.
    Have to go out early this morning and get the bus for there is some shopping to do.
    Have a nice day.
    Hazel c uk

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  6. I hope you can get to see the snowdrops because I would love to see your photos! I am writing a snowdrop post myself today, it is that time of year isn't it and they are such lovely flowers. p.s. I have changed my blog settings so hope that it is now more easily accessible!

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  7. The Winter Gardens at Anglesey Abbey are wonderful - the air filled with scent when we were there some years ago. You will be sure to enjoy it!

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  8. Snowdrops are quite beautiful. Definitely go to Anglesey Abbey - I remember it well when we were up and down to Cambridge to see my daughter at Uni we would visit there. They had made a Winter Walk which must be well established by now. And please take lots of pictures so I can see it all again.

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  9. I love them too. Am having a little go at trying to copy them. Haven't drawn since I was at school and was never very good, but am slowly getting a little better.
    Arilx

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  10. The winter gardens at Anglesey are an absolute joy,from dogwood in lime,red and green to witch hazel ,snowdrops and hellebores.well worth a visit but very busy at weekends.

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  11. Snowdrop, daffodils, poppies all growing wild - such a pretty country you live in. ... oh, and GREEN grass !

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  12. One of my favourite plants.

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  13. I'm envious that you have something showing in the garden. We won't see snowdrops in the garden until end of April beginning of May when our spring arrives.

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  14. Doddington hall lincs also good for snowdrops

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  15. No sign whatsoever of even the tiniest bit of green leaves from our snowdrops. Mind you, normal herbaceous plants are starting to grow.

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  16. I love snowdrops - just waiting for mine to appear. I love flwer fairy pictures too, The details is amazing

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  17. I haven't seen any as yet. A delight to see the fairy picture reminded me of my younger days.

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  18. I have a collection of flower fairy plates. I so wish I had the snowdrop one. No snowdrops here yet.

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  19. Seems so early to have blooms of any sort. They are lovely.

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  21. How I love snowdrops Sue - mine are just poking through the ground but then my garden is North facing.

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  22. Snowdrops - one of my favourite flowers.
    xx

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  23. How beautiful! Everything is brown here and will be for a long time yet.

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  24. How pretty! We won't be seeing anything pushing through the ground for about 3 more months. It makes it doubly nice to see yours!

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  25. Wow! I can't believe they are showing up already! Won't be months here.

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