Snowdrops

Heading homeward from the Wolfhouse Gallery after our walk on Thursday, S fell asleep in the backpack. He and I left the others to go for their lunch, whilst we took a slightly longer route home in order to prolong his nap. At present, any walk around the village is a snowdrop walk. These snowdrops are flowering in an old orchard near Silverdale Green.

Here are more on the verge of the lane from the Green:

In general, the best places to look for Snowdrops is on the lanes. Moss Lane and the Row are both spectacular. These snowdrops are in Bottoms Wood…

…but they are in the corner of the wood, just beyond the wall of the garden at Bottoms Wood Cottage.

Apparently, it’s not at all certain that snowdrops (or more descriptively snowpiercers) are native to the British Isles. Generally they are found near to houses and villages and are also particularly associated with churches and monasteries – perhaps due to a connection with the Feast of the Purification of Saint Mary celebrated on the second of February.

Today, on a circuit around Haweswater, we passed the one place I know where snowdrops grow in profusion in an apparently wild state, although Challan Hall is not too far away and further along the path there is a curious abandoned building by the lake.

It’s easy to think of snowdrops as small, simple white flowers, but there’s more to them than that…

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Snowdrops

7 thoughts on “Snowdrops

  1. fatdogwalks says:

    Never realised snowdrops were so intricate or had such an interesting history! Great photos Mark…a down on the knees job? Up here they’ve been out in the local country park, certainly for a week now.

  2. dragonmage06 says:

    What beautiful flowers and beautiful pictures! They do look like simple flowers until you get right up close to them and then it’s amazing to see all the details. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Marlane says:

    I looked it up the Snowdrop was introduced to England in the 16th Century. So all the ones that are seen were planted and multiplied over the years.

  4. beatingthebounds says:

    Thanks Ken – yes I was groveling around on the ground. S decided to ‘help me’ and was between me and the camera, so I took them in hope, without any clear idea of what I would capture.

    DM – as well as being harbingers of spring I love the fact that snowdrops are so simple and demur, but then so intricate and showy when you get more intimate with them. My son B has also become fascinated by what flowers reveal when closely examined.

    Thanks Marlene and welcome – the books that I checked either said nothing, or in the case of Flora Britannica, actually said that the history is unclear. Where did you find your reference?

  5. beatingthebounds says:

    Thanks Marlane.
    I have checked out the Wikipedia page.

    “Although it is often thought of as a British native wild flower, or to have been brought to the British Isles by the Romans, it was probably introduced around the early sixteenth century.”

    That’s essentially what Flora Britannica has to say, except it goes into more detail about the evidence for and against that argument. (No literary references until herbals which seem to refer only to cultivated plants, also the fact that British snowdrops rarely produce seeds due to the lack of insects in February, on the other hand large woodland populations in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire – which I would love to see.)

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