February is the month for snowdrops
If we don’t get more snow in February, you can at least guarantee that we’ll start to see snowdrops. Maybe it’s enough to tempt you away from your cosy fireside for a bracing walk around a winter garden? Did you know that there are 19 species of snowdrop (or galanthus, meaning milk flower) and more than 500 varieties. Soldiers brought many of them back from the Crimean War battlefields (1853-1856). Although most are white, not all are.
There’s also Gatton Park, Reigate, Surrey; Anglesey Abbey (National Trust) Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Burton Agnes in East Yorkshire and Finlaystone in Scotland. There are others all around the country so there’s bound to be one near you.
Take plenty of photographs: snowdrops are particularly photogenic and lend themselves as a subject for a framed set of pictures. And after your bracing walk, why not have a warming hot chocolate or even a mulled wine as you warm your toes by your toasty fire! There’s even a snowdrop mug by Emma Bridegwater to have your hot chocolate in!