In a Vase on Monday. Snowdrops.

I suppose I should have a vase of red roses to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I can’t manage those in February. But what I do have in abundance are snowdrops. And as they are my passion , then a posy of these is much more to my taste to grace the table for our Valentine’s dinner tonight. I put them in my little snowflake Mdina glass vase which I believe comes from Malta. I used simple Galanthus nivalis and the double form Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ as I have carpets of these. For a lovely honey fragrance I put in a few stems of Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’ and Galanthus ‘Ginn’s Imperatii ‘as these are the ones which smell the strongest when brought into the house.

And as I picked so many I had enough to put into the lovely snowdrop mug my daughter gave me for Christmas. So I have enough to enjoy in the living room too.

I do have carpets of these beauties as I suppose they have been self-seeding for many years. But I have nothing quite on the scale of the woodland garden I visited yesterday. Over a period of ten years these have been carefully divided and replanted every year and now it looks as if the ground is covered in snow as far as the eye can see.

In a Vase on Monday is, of course hosted by the lovely Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. She has been busy this weekend with an NGS Open Day, but nevertheless she has found time to share a vase with us.

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27 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. Snowdrops.

  1. bcparkison says:

    Beautiful….Would be my pick too.

  2. I didn’t know that snowdrops can be picked for a bouquet inside the house. Maybe my mother picked hers but I don’t remember. And a woodland carpet of snowdrops is an amazing sight!

  3. Cathy says:

    Lovely to see all those snowdrops Chloris, and have enough to bring inside too – did you search for the tallest stems as I had to do when I picked mine last week?! I have a pretty Medina vase or perhaps it is a perfume bottle that I could use on IAVOM one of these days – I tend to forget the potential of receptacles I have had pre In a Vase!

    • Chloris says:

      I have two kinds of Galanthus nivalis in the garden, one is quite small but the other is long stemmed with quite large flowers. S. Arnott and Ginn’s Imperatii are both tall snowdrops

      • Cathy says:

        Most intriguing! It would be interesting one of these days to get down on my knees and inspect all of mine, loking for oddities… 😉

  4. Kris P says:

    The snowdrops are magnificent massed like that! I can understand why you love them so. The closest I can come to that kind of snowy display is provided by the falling petals of our ornamental pear tree, the last of which were blown away by gusty winds that accompanied last week’s winter heatwave. Both vases you used to show off your Valentine’s Day picks are perfect for their subjects but the mug is particularly sweet.

  5. Anna says:

    Beautiful pickings Chloris and I can just imagine the scent. The display at the garden you visited looks magical. We have the same snowdrop mug methinks 😀

    • Chloris says:

      The mug is so pretty, my daughter gave me a sweet pea one too. It is interesting how stronly scented some snowdrops are, you don’t notice until you pick them.

  6. Anna says:

    PS I would much rather have local snowdrops in a celebratory vase at this time of year than unseasonal red roses.

  7. Wow, that is a magic carpet – of snowdrops. I love your vases. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  8. snowbird says:

    Oh, how I envy you your snowdrops. Loved that posy, I can smell it from here.xxx

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Goodness, that is quite a bit of them. I do like white, but do not grow these yet. I probably mentioned that before. It seems that everyone else really likes them.

    • Chloris says:

      Can you grow them in your warm climate?

      • tonytomeo says:

        Yes, but they are uncommon. When I ask those who seem to be addicted to them about their appeal, I am told that they are popular because they are the first flowers to bloom after an otherwise bleak winter. As much as I like white, snowdrops against a backdrop of melting snow do not seem like something to celebrate. I am told that I would understand if I ever experienced such a winter. I suspect that their lack of popularity here is due to the continuous bloom of so many other flowers throughout the year. Although my garden is bare through our (potentially bland) winter, it need not be. Those who crave color can grow something to bloom for every season, so that the garden is never completely without color. There are a few snowflake here, and I really like them because they are so perfectly white. If I ever add snowdrop, it will be the first random cultivar that I encounter, and I will limit it to only a single cultivar. I know that I would like them.

  10. Gorgeous, and that woodland scene is delightful.

  11. Cathy says:

    Your snowdrop vases are lovely Chloris. And that woodland view is beathtaking. Is it open to the public?

  12. Annette says:

    Just heavenly 🙏 been to our snowdrop wood too last week and made a vase but didn‘t get around to do a post as I want to make a video along with it. Hope your son and his wife are happy in their new home. Maybe they‘ve even discovered the snowdrop wood.

    • Chloris says:

      Lovely to hear from you Annette. How wonderful to have a snowdrop wood. No, I don’t think they have found the snowdrops, but they found the wild daffodils last year. They love Najac, it is a magical place to live. I shall look forward to your snowdrop video.

  13. Sarah Rajkotwala - Author & Spiritual Teacher says:

    Oh my what a beautiful woodland garden! ❤

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