01 Feb Snowdrop Season
February is finally here. January always seems a long month, with limited jobs in the garden, but although early February can be the coldest time, the appearance of Snowdrops and soon Daffodils make me feel that Spring is finally on the way.
As many of you will know, Shaftesbury has a big Snowdrop Festival during February, attracting Galanthophiles (Snowdrop enthusiasts) from all over the world! This will be my first year in the town, so I’m looking forward to it, it’s lovely to see so many Snowdrops out in bloom planted all over the town.
Of course, I have some Snowdrops for sale at the shop, along with other early bulbs just starting to pop up, including Winter Aconite (Eranthis), Crocus, Iris and Chionodoxa, which perhaps isn’t as well known as it should be. There are still plenty of shrubs giving interest at this time too, from the fragrant flowers of Sarcococca to the bright coloured stems of Dogwood.
If you are a Galanthophile yourself, or know one, I have a good selection of Snowdrop related gifts in the shop. Bone china mugs and jugs made by Wiggles and Florence, plus teatowels to match. Stunning hand made lamps and candle holders by Hannah Nunn, with a detailed Snowdrop picture that the light shines through. My friend Angela Mann has done some paintings and cards, so if you want a memento of the Snowdrop festival please call in.
As I’m writing this blog, a friendly Dutchman has turned up with the Summer bulb delivery, including Dahlias, Lillies, Gladiolus, Agapanthus and many more flowers. Also some Asparagus, strawberries and onion sets. I am also expecting a big box of vegetable seeds from Franchi seeds with lots of varieties for your veg patch or allotment, as its about time to get sowing!