April 2009

Despite the wintery start to the New Year there is evidence that spring is on its way. Early primroses are beginning to flower and bulbs are pushing through the frozen soil, filling me with a sense of renewal and hope for the year ahead. Gardens all around the country will soon be holding events inspired by the much- loved snowdrop Galanthus nivalis.

Click here to find a garden near you and if you live near enough, do visit the theBeth Chatto Garden near Colchester to see the incredible annual tapestry of early spring flowers and bulbs there.

In Scotland, over 200 varieties of snowdrops and snowflakes grow in the woodland gardens of the Cambo Estate and you can buy rare and unusual varieties ‘in the green’ through their mail order service. A friend and I shared an order last year and I am now eagerly waiting for them to come into flower.

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