As I approach 30 I realise I’m turning more and more into my Mum. One symptom is a desire to seek out the best of nature in every season, which in the UK in February is snowdrops. These small white flowers are some of the year’s first to bloom, making them an especially cheering sight in a landscape still largely stripped bare. The best thing about them is their tendency to grow in such large numbers as to blanket the ground.
Mid-February I made it my mission to find snowdrops – loads of them. Most of the places recommended by VisitScotland and other websites were gardens with admission fees, but one exception was the woodland surrounding Cringletie House Hotel, near Peebles in the Scottish Borders. We decided to give it a try despite the 45-minute drive to get there, and thankfully we were not disappointed.
The swathes snowdrops caught my eye before we even reached Cringletie House’s car park which, because the hotel was closed that day, was almost empty. Walking from the carpark into the woods, I was amazed to see how the snowdrops blanketed the forest floor and the steep river bank opposite. A recent rain shower had left the mostly closed, bell-shaped flowers sprinkled with rain drops, making them look even prettier.
Snowdrops bloom from February to March, so if you want to see them for yourself make sure you find them before it’s too late! You can use the following links to find out where to see them near you:
- In Scotland: https://www.visitscotland.com/blog/scotland/snowdrop-festival/
- In National Garden Scheme gardens across the UK: http://ngs.org.uk/gardens/snowdrop-gardens-2017.aspx
Happy snowdrop hunting!
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