Sunday, February 04, 2007

Snowdrops


Am I the only one to be thrilled when I encounter these? We didn't plant them but they come up each year - a sign that the worst might be over and the days are brightening.

11 Comments:

Anonymous marly said...

I sent you a bouquet of e-snowdrops and they popped up for real? This is a world of wonders.

Sun Feb 04, 05:08:00 pm  
Anonymous p. s. said...

It's currently 20 below 0 Fahrenheit with the wind chill factor... I have been trying to protest that I am a Southerner, but the words keep freezing...

Sun Feb 04, 05:10:00 pm  
Anonymous Maxine said...

I love snowdrops, for powerful sentimental reasons. One of these is that my eldest daughter's birthday is 7 February, which is (pre-global warming, anyway)when they first appear above the snowdrifts. Snowdrops have always been her special flower, and each year since she was born I have given her a birthday card featuring them. Next up is her 16th on Wednesday.

When she was little, we used to go out into the garden together on the 7th and spot the first snowdrops, to her delight and wonder. Over the past few years we have had to drop this tradition as the squirrels strip every bulb we plant -- so no snowdrops, crocuses etc for us now, to my eternal regret. (I am banned from implementing any anti-squirrel tactics, even the most humane "stick em in a cage and take em to the park" type", on cuteness/cruelty by mothers grounds.

Sun Feb 04, 05:40:00 pm  
Anonymous crimeficreader said...

Maxine that is a lovely story.

I have none here, but I'm also a bit plant-avoidant. Something lilac coloured is sprouting in a pot I inherited, from when I moved into this house. For now, it looks a bit like a freesia. (I'm really not sure on that score.)

This time of year can be so depressing, but this year I've noticed that the nights are getting lighter since the last week of January. Has anyone noticed this? Ususally, I don't notice this until pushing the end of Feb.

Bluebells are my own mark of childhood. There was a certain woody glade where my father and I used to walk past when I was a kid. I loved the colour - so vibrant in the green and shadows of the trees. I hope to see it again this year.

Sun Feb 04, 09:30:00 pm  
Anonymous Clare said...

Oooh Marly - that's too cold. Better come in and warm yourself on a computer monitor!

Yes,as CFR says that is such a lovely story, Maxine - to go looking for a flower that has come into being just for your birthday. I expect she'll remember that all her life.

On the subject of squirrels my parents had trouble with our little furry friends a few years ago (eating away the joists of the roof) so they had to be humanely removed. When my mother said she didn't like the sound of this the man doing the removing said you had to think of them as 'rats with tails' - though not sure this did the trick.

CFR: Every year I am astonished how dark it is so early in the day in winter and how light it is so late in the summer. I never fail to remark on it and think I shall be surprised by it when I am an old, old woman.

And bluebells are marvellous aren't they? But I find it difficult to capture their vibrancy in a picture. They always come out looking more ordinary than they really are.

Sun Feb 04, 10:38:00 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

No, Clare, DEFINITELY not the only one..

Mon Feb 05, 03:58:00 pm  
Blogger PMBC said...

I've never seen snowdrops (I would not forget it). They look beautiful.

Mon Feb 05, 06:05:00 pm  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Ahhh. Loveliness.

The southern narcissus (narcissii?) are poking their tender green shoots above-ground here, and I'm hoping we don't have a late winter freeze.

Clare, thanks for stopping by -- sorry I've been remiss in doing the same, but with Hot Chips and Fried 'Puters it's been a bit of a mess down here.

I'm loving "98 Reasons," BTW...thanks to Marly for sharing it, and you!

Tue Feb 06, 12:07:00 pm  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

No, you're not the only one. I love the way they bow their heads.

Wed Feb 07, 08:20:00 am  
Blogger Tammy said...

I've never seen these...gorgeous!

Sat Feb 10, 01:56:00 am  
Blogger Susangalique said...

these are very pretty little flowes. They remind me of what we called Jacobs Ladder

Tue Feb 13, 02:37:00 am  

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