Posted on January 31st, 2018
Snowdrops herald the arrival of Spring. Have you seen them popping up in the parks, or if you are lucky, maybe in your garden? This week in glorious cold sunshine, we took ourselves off around Chelsea Physic Garden.
Heralding Spring runs for one week; Sunday 28 January to Sunday 4 February and Chelsea Physic Garden have Spring trail to get you in the mood for Spring watch.
Nature is used to keeping us guessing on what flowers will be out faster than others, but then isn’t that what we love about nature?
Already you can find blossom against the bright blue skies of London. A few more days like Tuesday and it’ll be blossom watch before we know it.
If you can, find your way over this beautiful botanical garden and see all sorts of snowdrops.
Needless to say, I left with my own array of snowdrops, and they sit here in my kitchen for us to enjoy, until I plant them in my little garden for next year.
Five facts on Snowdrops
- The botanical name for snowdrops is Galanthus
- Galanthus comes from the Greek ‘gala’ meaning milk, alluding to the colour of the flower.
- Some species contain galantamine, a compound used to treat Alzheimer’s
- There are over 50 varieties of snowdrops
- The earliest snowdrop in Britain was naturalised in the 16thCentury
Chelsea Physic Garden is open daily all week 10am-4pm