Snowdrop time is a wonderful time of year. January wouldn’t normally have me rushing into the garden each morning, too cold, too wet, but plant a few snowdrops and that soon changes. It’s on with the wellies and waterproofs as the”Specials” have been flowering for over a month now, my very first ones are going over, the mid season ones are in full flower and even the supposedly late ones are showing white and will soon be joining the party, they are all a lot earlier this year than previous years. I have been keeping an eye on the single wild ones which normally are in flower for the third weekend in February (if anyone wanted to come and see the snowdrops, that is when they were usually invited), this year though, they have already started flowering, so they are now 3 or 4 weeks earlier than usual. The double wild ones are just starting to open, a little behind the singles.
I had always thought that it was the sunshine that made the snowdrops open up and show their inner markings, however, I went into the woodland a couple of days ago when it was very warm, for January, but there was no sunshine, it was a dull overcast day.
So thanks to our unusually mild weather we are able to enjoy our snowdrops a bit earlier this year, with them opening wide for any passing bee, yes, I did see a couple of Bumble Bees enjoying the Hellebores!
Do you have mild weather tempting your bees out and your flowers to open or are your plants safely under a blanket of snow, keeping warm?