Sunday, March 11. 2018
Our love affair with snowdrops is so intense that when March arrives we miss them awfully. It is so exciting to go out each day and see our favourites coming to life again and now this delight is over. They have been a joy from Christmas to the end of February and are not quite over yet. On 8th March I found 12 different special snowdrops still in flower including Cicely Hall, a stately and imposing hybrid; Straffan, an old Irish snowdrop which may have been brought over by a soldier from the Crimean war which is now making a handsome clump; my very favourite snowdrop - Augustus with bright green low growing leaves which is such a good doer; elegant Armine; gorgeous Cowhouse Green whose outer petals are suffused with a soft green and the inner nicely marked and washed green(I am so thankful that this snowdrop has survived and seems at last to be increasing) and plicatus 'Primrose Hill', a snowdrop with great presence. So it is still a delight to walk round the garden in the morning noting the survivors and our carpet in the wood is only just past its best.