Snowdrops & Sunshine

What a treat to have sunshine these last few days to peruse the garden for late winter blooms! I collected a handful of double snowMini bouquet wtih double snowdropsdrops (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.

About Colleen Miko

Colleen Miko is a certified professional horticulturist with 20 years experience in landscape design who has designed award winning gardens for the NW Flower & Garden Show as well as HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge”. Colleen is freelance garden writer and speaker.
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