First Snowdrops and Pending Nuptials

It’s been a whole week since I’ve written a post. I have good excuses, though. First off, work has been much busier than normal. Second, and much more exciting, our oldest son’s wedding is this coming Saturday. (!!!) We have only limited responsibilities in this regard, even so there are tasks for us to check off and errands to run.


As if in celebration of the pending ceremony, the first Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis, I think) are blooming. There are scattered clumps that bloom early in spots favored with lots of spring sunshine. We don’t have glorious broad swaths of these little dangling white flowers, at least not yet. There is a corner where the Snowdrops have naturalized in their hundreds, but that is a shadier spot that blooms later.


In our garden the Snowdrops are cautious colonizers. First one pioneering Snowdrop makes itself at home. Then this founding Snowdrop gradually becomes surrounded by new arrivals, like a little village.



Perhaps in early summer I should dig up the Snowdrop bulbs and scatter them around.

Mid-March is a bit late for Snowdrops around here. We frequently have them 2 or 3 weeks earlier, assuming the snow is mostly gone.


Other signs of spring: the green shoots of Daffodils are poking up out of the ground. Also, the extra early Tulipa kaufmanniana variety ‘Early Harvest’. The rabbits are already noshing on ‘Early Harvest’ leaves, so I spread around some animal repellent. Oddly, there is no sign of Crocuses.


Among other chores, I cut back the old leaves of the Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis). I should really start using the common name “Lenten Rose”, sounds much better. As you can see, there were plenty of fat little flower buds under the tattered leaves.

We are hosting a brunch on the day after the wedding. It would be wonderful if the Hellebores were blooming by then. Seems pretty unlikely, but I can dream. Either way, we are anticipating the coming weekend with delight.

41 Comments on “First Snowdrops and Pending Nuptials”

  1. Amazing that you have almost caught up with my garden – only one snowdrop out of a whole pack of bulbs came up, and crocuses are slowly flowering in dribs and drabs. I can feel spring coming though now. Such lovely news that your son is about to get married – a Spring wedding. 🙂 Good luck with the preparations, and I hope it is a wonderful day for them and for you too of course. Hope those hellebores make it till then!

  2. Congratulations, an exciting day ahead. Your snowdrops are best moved in the green ie when the flowers are just over. Dig up a fat mother clump, tease a small clump from the mother clump. Leave part of the mother clump in situ and find a new home for the rest. That’s the most successful way to increase the numbers and doesn’t cost a penny.

  3. Mazel tov! Hope your brunch is a smashing success. “Arise my love, my beautiful one, and come away, For lo, the winter is past…The flowers appear on the earth. The time of singing has come.”

  4. Those snowdrops are such a welcome sight! I don’t have any in the garden yet, but did finally get around to planting some crocuses last year…really looking forward to seeing them come up (which will be a while as they are on the north side of the house and it’s still icy there). But no matter how wonderful it is seeing those first flowers, the excitement pales compared to the impending nuptials this weekend – I’m so very thrilled for you and your family, Jason!

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