this year’s snowdrops

Every February, we declare a Snowdrop Sunday, searching out swathes of snowdrops in one grand garden or another. It’s one of my favourite days of the year, filled with the promise of spring.

In the past, we’ve visited Painswick Roccoco Garden  and Newark Park. This year’s snowdrops were found at the home of a galanthophile, Cotswold Farm. There were sixty two varieties of the blooms scattered around an Arts and Crafts garden overlooking a Cotswold valley.

My smallest boy was fascinated by the different varieties, counting their petals and gently lifting each drooping head to peer inside.  Snowdrop seeking is thirsty work, so we finished the afternoon with an obligatory cup of tea and a slice of chocolate cake.

I love the ephemeral beauty of these delicate flowers, and Snowdrop Sunday brings us one step closer to the arrival of spring.

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