Emergence

"For those who find the winter a difficult season to get through, snowdrops in the green are a must in your garden. They are one of the very first things to emerge and one of the loveliest New Year vases to have at your bedside"  (Sarah Raven).

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) at Queen Elizabeth Park, 12 February 2017

I don't have snowdrops growing in my garden so I can't lift bulbs or cut flowering stalks to enjoy on a table indoors, but I can and do enjoy them just as much in neighbourhood gardens and in the wild.

The next group of photos were taken during a snowdrop seeking expedition on Little Mountain in Chilliwack, British Columbia in mid-February.

 
 
 
 
 
 

I've been learning more about these delicate beauties and am on the verge of becoming a galanthophile. Here are some of my favourite resources:

Kew

RHS

Colesbourne Park

Some Snowdrop Sense (Matt Bishop)

Good Tidings

View of Mount Cheam from Little Mountain, 19 October 2016.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of autumn.
— John Muir