The First Snowdrops, Heralds of Spring
Hooray! The first flowers of the year, which is to say the first Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) are blooming in our garden!
Not all the Snowdrops are blooming, just a few clumps in favored spots along the Back Porch Border. There’s a much bigger patch of Snowdrops around the old Maple stump in the East Fence Border – but that area gets less sun. Around there the shoots have come up, but there are hardly any flowers.
Incidentally, Judy was sick today so I took these Snowdrop pictures.
I’ve made no secret of my preference for colorful Crocuses over Snowdrops. Still, the Snowdrops deserve our respect and affection for being the first to bloom.
This is not the earliest our Snowdrops have been in bloom. In 2017 they were blooming by February 15. The year before they bloomed the last week of February, while in 2015 they bloomed late, almost in the middle of March.
They look delicate, but they push through the frozen ground to bring us the first flowers of spring. Other flowers are still slumbering or at best lying in bed and rubbing their eyes. Virtuous early risers, the Snowdrops bring us the first tidings of spring.