First Snowdrops!

I’m interrupting the posts about Japan to report some breaking news from our garden: our first Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) are blooming!

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It’s just one small patch of Snowdrops that, for some reason, seems to serve as scouts for all the rest – checking to see if it’s safe to come out. The remaining bulk of the Snowdrops are just now emerging from soil.

This is, I think, the earliest I’ve seen Snowdrops in bloom. I’m too lazy to keep a garden journal, but Judy’s photographs provide a photographic record. Looking back at old pictures, I can see that the first Snowdrops bloomed around February 28th in 2016. In 2015 and 2014, they first flowered around March 15th.

Nothing else looks even close to blooming at the moment, not even the Hellebores.

It’s a pleasure to see these early blooms, even if the specter of climate change lurks in the back of my mind.

43 Comments on “First Snowdrops!”

  1. My snowdrops are up too. 3 batches like yours. I’m in central Indiana. My hellebores all have blooms beginning but nothing has opened yet. Due to the crazy warm weather everything else is coming up way too early – tulips, lilies, irises, even the magnolia and redbud trees are showing buds. It’s just too soon.

  2. Snowdrops (that I never planted) are also up in my yard, but mine aren’t as lovely as yours are. Like you, I’m surprised yours are blooming so early. Think Punxsutawney Phil is wrong this year? (Yep, I did have to look up how to spell “Punxsutawney.”)

  3. This weather is crazy! I love it, but it’s so unusual that it has me a little scared–I hope we won’t have another drought this summer. I also worry about the plants getting too far along and then freezing. I don’t have anything blooming yet, but some of the little spring bulb plants are poking through. Believe it or not, Olbrich had Snowdrops blooming in January! Mine are in the shade, so they take a little longer. Happy almost-spring!

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