What a treat to have sunshine these last few days to peruse the garden for late winter blooms! I collected a handful of double snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’) this week for a friend. Their diminutive charm and sweet but subdued fragrance is lost from a distance in the garden but perfect for a wee bouquet that can be marveled over close up.
Green flowers are a favorite of mine, so I love the green spots on the 3 outer tepals and the verdant picotee of the inner frill (not a botanical term). Four slender leaf blades from Carex ‘Evergold’ add a little something but don’t outshine the snowdrops.
My milk flowers, as they are sometimes called, are a small colony of summer dormant bulbs grown in an area of part shade and rich leafy mulch gifted from a Bigleaf Maple. They’ve been there forever, without care or input. While they may be tiny, and their season short, the joy they bring is outsized–especially on a sunny day in February.