Snowdrop Blessing

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It seems to be a modern rite of spring for those of us lucky enough to have snowdrops in our gardens, to take pictures of the lovely things to share online. My snowdrops are not as showy as some, but they are sweet.

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I don’t enjoy them enough. They start blooming in January — I see them from afar out the kitchen window, just little white spots on the landscape, inconveniently located under the manzanita. Sometimes I delay venturing out into the weather to stoop down close, until the first blooms are starting to fade.

I read that it has been a tradition in Ireland not to bring them into the house until St. Brigid’s Day, and maybe I thought that I could also wait that long.

But most of mine are fading by the first of February. This morning when I saw pictures of two different snowdrop variations on blogs, I wondered if I could find just a couple of newish flowers on mine, and I did find more than that. Now they are on my windowsill in a place of honor, blessing the kitchen.

Update: It has come to my attention that these dear flowers are not called snowdrops, but snowflakes. They are in the same tribe as the snowdrops – or maybe not! It depends on which Wikipedia page I look at. Anyway, they are called Leucojum and snowdrops are Galanthus. And now I’m even more determined to get some Galanthus to plant next fall!

14 thoughts on “Snowdrop Blessing

  1. Love snowdrops….They have finally naturalized all around my yard. My bil digs a clump up and brings it inside and almost pots it up, but not quite….They last a long time and after he replants them.

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  2. I’ve never seen a snowdrop in real life, and didn’t know that Brigid was a saint — so this post was doubly interesting. The snowdrops are so beautiful, but apparently they prefer a cooler environment. When I went looking for information on whether they would grow here, the answer seemed to be “no” for the Houston area, but “yes’ for far east Texas and farther north. Such a big state often produces such answers.

    I did come across this article that you might find of interest. Look at the elegant “double” snowdrop. What a beauty!

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  3. They are exquisite! Worth the wait, I’m sure. I’m glad you brought them inside to admire them from up close as they beautify your space.

    I’ve been venturing out into our own garden every morning, anxious to see if the narcissus has made its debut. Still waiting…

    Poppy

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  4. I love Snowdrops and mine are not in a convenient spot either. I should do what has been mentioned, namely pot them up and bring them inside, even if only for a few days.

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  5. I don’t think snowdrops (galanthus) do well in my warmer climate, but I’ve grown these sweet leucojums before — they’re just not long lived here. So sweet, your photos make me want to locate some for next season.

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    1. What do you know! I don’t have snowdrops at all – I have snowflakes. Thank you, nikkipolani, for setting me straight. I guess this was a plant I never researched as to its botanical name, or I’d have found it out for myself. Wikipedia says “Snowdrops are sometimes confused with the two related genera within the tribe Galantheae, snowflakes Leucojum and Acis,” and in fact, under the listing in the Sunset Western Garden Book for Galanthus, they only show a photo of my snowflakes, with the caption “Galanthus,” which I guess technically it is – at least, in the “tribe,” but odd that they didn’t use a photo of a true snowdrop. They show the same flower under the Leucojum heading.

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