Showing posts with label snowdrop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label snowdrop. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Outside, Snow

Here's what it looked like in Charlotte yesterday afternoon. Today the second round of snow has come with a prediction of 5–10 inches. All the tracks from yesterday are covered and the air is thick with flying flakes as I write this.

One of my favorite trees is the hemlock in my front yard. Don't these trees look especially beautiful in snow? They're so graceful. That's my Alice oakleaf hydrangea to the left of the hemlock, another favorite.

A couple of days ago it was over 60 degrees and look what suddenly showed its face:

Now this:

The first snowdrops two days ago:

And now this:

Kinda gives new meaning to "snowdrop."

I love the Jelena witch hazel blooms fringing out from under their puffy white coat.

The hellebores were almost completely hidden by a thick snow cave. I had to put my camera on the ground to get this shot. Mine seem to be slow blooming this year. Others in our area have had them for weeks already.

It's hard to wait, but Spring is coming.

 Winter just makes it sweeter when it gets here.



Thursday, January 26, 2012


Galanthus elwesii
Snowdrops (Galanthus), like orchids and tulips, have their wildly passionate advocates.   They can become an obsession.  Author/blogger John Grimshaw recently posted on his blog that a galanthophile had purchased a single bulb of Galanthus 'Green Tear' for 360 British pounds (that's $564 USD)!

I can't say I would pay large sums for a bulb, but I am among the charmed.  The diminutive size, dainty, nodding blooms, fresh white and green color, and a fragrance you notice as you kneel for a photograph, make them entirely captivating.  I added dozens of bulbs to my garden last fall.  Now they are blooming and every morning there are new spots of light in the leaf litter.