Friday, February 19, 2010

"Charmed, I’m sure."

If the adjective "charming" manifest in the flower world, I think it would have to be as the common snowdrop from the Galanthus family. Having the power to delight or attract people is the definition of the word charming and that’s exactly what this little bulb does each time I see one.

Last year for my January birthday, a friend gave me a tiny blue and white vase filled with these delightful winter blooms. I was charmed and smitten. They also had a light, sweet fragrance as I added bonus (and they sport my favorite color of green on their petals!).

This year, as I've walked Barney (my adorable golden retriever) around the neighborhood, I've come across several patches of snowdrops and they inevitably make me stop and smile. They cause me pause—in my purposeful walk and in my busy mind. What a wonderful gift of the present and happiness they give me.

But even with all this goodness, I don't have any in my garden...yet. Their cousin Leucojum is a larger, later blooming version of the early snowdrop and I did succumb to buying 50 of these bulbs from Wooden Shoe Bulb Company in the fall, but I think my woodland garden needs the spirit of the snowdrop, too.


  1. Charming, early signs of spring for me - Brazen Hussy. The spring blooming bulbs are the first thing that comes to mind but if you have seen these brilliant yellow rays of sunshine end of Feb or early March, you know spring is just around the corner. I will always have Brazen Hussy in my garden.

  2. Thanks for the tip. I'm assuming this is Ranunculus 'Brazen Hussy.' (Googling Brazen Hussy images gets you some interesting photos...adding Ranunculus makes it much more palatable!) The yellow flowers look lovely and would be a welcome sign of spring.