If you were well organised and prepared with your bulbs last spring then you’ll know that nothing lifts the spirits like a delicate but plucky snowdrop at the start of the year. They flower between January and March so if you’ve not seen one yet then the chances are you’ll soon be spoilt for choice in the days ahead! Snowdrops are surprisingly varied in height, flower size, shape and even colouring so just like the snowflake you’ll find that every one is unique! This plant has been recorded in the wild since the earliest times but was named Galanthus (meaning milk-flower) in 1753 by a Swedish botanist. Given a moist soil it will multiply into drifts and provide plenty of plants for you to share with fellow gardeners. Most nurseries avoid the use of bulbs collected from the wild to protect the species.
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