By the second week of January I had already seen these most delicate of stalwarts peeping their heads up out of the ground. As each year passes I forget the annual euphoria I feel at the first sighting of them..signs of spring and its regrowth, and each year I feel the same – utterly enchanted by them.

Great for using as underplanting with deciduous trees and shrubs. They really come into their own if planted in a lawn where they will multiply (naturalise) over time, they look absolutely beautiful. Have you spotted some yet?

Botanical name: Galanthus nivalis
Other names: Common snowdrop, Fair maids of February, Little sister of the snows, purification flower, Candlemas
ells, Candlemas lily, Common bells
Genus: Galanthus
Species: G. nivalis – G. nivalis is a bulbous perennial with narrow, grey-green leaves, and solitary, nodding, fragrant, double white flowers in spring
Galanthus nivalis is: Deciduous
Flower: White, Green in Winter
Foliage: Grey-green, Green in Winter
Fragrance: Flower has fragrance
Habit: Mat Forming, Weeping
Toxicity: Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset and skin contact might irritate
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

I am always happy to talk plants, so, If you would like to talk with me about a new planting scheme for your garden or a bespoke Dingly Dell, please do feel free to get in touch, my email is judi@judithegardener.co.uk. For gardening development and maintenance enquiries (North-East London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Enfield) please telephone 07818 005773.

Happy gardening!