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.