Simply snowdrops


February has few attributes to recommend it, save its shortness and the occasional warm day towards the end of the month when spring really does feel as though it is coming upon us at last. Some of us might feel, come February, that winter has outstayed its welcome; but others, myself included, reckon that the years go by too quickly for us not to savour every moment, even the soggy, slushy, bitingly cold moments that February has to offer.

February has charms too, if you’re willing to look for them. They’re not hard to spot in the garden: the smart blades of daffodils, or the tiny pink buds of Chaenomeles trained against an old stone wall that shines wanly in the winter sunshine. Then of course are the snowdrops, just coming in to their own at this time of year. Cheap, easy to grow, willing to spread, simple, adorable snowdrops, clustering together sociably and unfolding their tepals in the warmth of that slanting February sun. For the snowdrops alone, I would not wish the short month of February to rush past any faster than it already does.

In a vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, and I recommend visiting her page to see what she and many other garden bloggers across the world have found to put in a vase today.



30 thoughts on “Simply snowdrops”

  1. Indeed, we would miss out on a lot if we rushed through February – and time in the garden accelerates so quickly once spring arrives so it is good to savour February slowly, enjoying its individual glories and those few almost-warm days. Your snowdrops may be simple, but so stylishly simple, especially accentuated by the two tall black figures. Thanks for sharing

    1. I suppose it is very hot and dry in the summer in your neck of the woods, Amelia. They grow so easily here in Scotland, and the hedgerows abound with them. I grumble about our cold, wet summers, but they do guarantee good snowdrops.

  2. I am guilty of wishing the winter gone. I am tired of the cold and wet and mud and dark. Yet I love the snowdrops and crocus and soon they will be fading. Is it too much to want one without the other!

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