SnowDrops – A Breath of Spring in an Otherwise Bleak Landscape
Six degrees at sunrise
With coffee cup in hand I walk around the garden hoping to find something to help me remember a garden does not die but sleeps until the warmth of the sun penetrates the depths of the soil warming the roots of sleeping giants and hibernating creatures.
Today I am not disappointed.
Although a brief squall moved through coating the garden with crystals of ice, Snowdrops greeted me with nodding blooms.
Take a moment to view past incarnations of this diminutive plant.
Its origins are European but as with any beauty, it is endangered - “Some snowdrop species are threatened in their wild habitats, and in most countries it is now illegal to collect bulbs from the wild. Under CITES regulations, international trade in any quantity of Galanthus, whether bulbs, live plants or even dead ones, is illegal without a CITES permit. This applies to hybrids and named cultivars as well as species. CITES does, however, allow a limited trade in wild-collected bulbs of just three species (G. nivalis, G, elwesii and G. woronowii) from Turkey and Georgia.“ For further information please see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galanthus
Planting – Often sold as bulbs in Home Improvement stores, Snowdrops are best planted “in the green”, by carefully subdividing clumps. Plants will increase in size by creating offsets, new bulbs that grow attached to the mother bulb. In some instances mature seeds weight down slender stalks and germinate near the mother plant.