Last week, I went on my annual trip with my dad, looking for snowdrops.
Snowdrops in the Dorset and Hampshire region have flowered quite late this year and after all the cold windy weather we have been having, some snowdrops which are open to all the elements, have had a rough time holding their delicate heads held high.
In the language of flowers the snowdrop means – A friend in adversity and hope.
If you know someone who is having a hard time, a trip to see the lovely snowdrop is sure to life their spirit.
Now is the time to plant snowdrops ‘in the green.’ Planting them now will give you a fantatstic display next year.
On my day out we decided on visiting 2 areas that we knew would be excellent to see this lovely flower.
Damerham church has the wow factor of several thousand snowdrops planted together in the church grave yard. They often hold special snowdrops days to welcome visitors. It was lovely to see, and just how I remembered.
The snowdrops were beautiful, even though they were a little windswept. If you want to see snowdrops in their thousands, then this is a lovely place to visit next year.
We then moved on to Breamore church.
As we carefully moved around the wonderous display of snowdrops in the pretty church yard, I counted around 5 different varieties growing there. There was probably more, but this was the number I spotted. These snowdrops had a little more protection from the elements than the ones at Damerham, so there was plenty of opportunities to photograph them.
There was also a lovely area of winter aconites.
The yellow of the aconites and white and green of the snowdrops had a really fresh, spring feel.
I watched Countryfile the other week, and the presenter looking at snowdrops in Scotland said he thought snowdrops looked all the same. Well if you view them from a far, you may agree. It’s not really until you examine the detail of each of them, that you will see how different and special they can be. It’s epecially hard to see the differences, due to the fact that they are low to the ground, and the flower heads point downwards.
This particular snowdrop wanted the world to see her beauty, as this flower head was pointing outwards. I was so pleased to have spotted this one and capture the image. I have heard of some people using dental mirrors to see the insides of low growing flowers, and I can quite see how useful this would be.
If you like this snowdrop image, it is available to buy as a framed, mounted or canvas print
As I have said before you can see beautiful flowers all over the place. You don’t always need to go to a specific garden to see them, it’s often fun to look into alternative places, such as church yards, roundabouts etc…
Where are your favourite places to go?