Wednesday, 22 February 2017
At first glance one snowdrop (Galanthus) looks much like another, but closer inspection reveals the differences between the varieties. It is not a species native to Britain. Some say bulbs were brought over by the Romans from Europe and the Middle East, and others that it was introduced in the 16th century. There are about 20 different species, some taller than others, some with simple flowers and others with double flowers. Species have been hybridised; there are known to be over 500 cultivars and there are some absolutely passionate collectors. The way the bulbs spread into drifts is most attractive and the flowers, naturalised in woodland or in garden borders, are such a welcome sign of early Spring.