Well, yes it is Valentine’s Day, but if you are away from your loved one today, you may like to plan a romantic walk in woodlands or gardens full of snowdrops this coming weekend.
When researching this post, I was amazed at the number of places in the UK which you can visit from late January to March to witness the arrival of these beautiful flowers.
The Latin name for snowdrop is Galanthus which comes from the Greek ‘gala’ (milk) and ‘anthos’ (flower), referring to the colour of the flower. And Galanthus nivalis, often referred to as the common snowdrop, is one of the best-known.
All species of Galanthus are perennial, herbaceous plants which grow from bulbs. (A perennial is a plant that lives for more than two years.)
Wherever you live in the UK, there’s very likely to be a place near you where you can walk amongst them this spring.
Simply go online and type in ‘snowdrops’ and your county into a search engine, like Google, to find links to gardens and woodlands where they are on display.
After the dark days of winter, it’s lovely to see the first signs of spring with the arrival of these delicate flowers transforming our woodland floors.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)