My favorite season is by far spring. Although I appreciate (and am learning to even more with every new year) the winter, I am definitely one of the members of the population that develops a little bit of SAD. Luckily, if I keep up with my runs I am able to push through it.
Regardless, the first time I spot a flower after the many frozen months my heart skips a beat and spring fever creeps in. When I got out of my car after work the other day I noticed some white flower blooming in my neighbors lawn. I immediately ran over to inspect them and take my first flower picture of 2018.
My living field guide (Mom) delightfully informed me that the flowers I had found were Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis). I was fascinated by some of the facts I found with a quick Google search and thought I would share.
Although the snowdrops fooled me into thinking spring was here, they gave me another thing to appreciate in the colder winter months.
Snowdrops tough little guys. They have the ability to bloom through even the snow! No wonder I spotted these in February.
Snowdrop; Galanthus nivalis
gala= milk, anthus= flower
Type: Bulbous perenial
Native Habitat: Europe and southwestern Asia,
- Came over the North America through gardens. It has since escaped gardens and has naturalized in many areas.
Bloom Time: Late February to late March
Tips for your garden:
Snowdrops are relatively easy to grow and require little maintenance. Some things to keep in mind
- Plant in full to partial sun
- Grows best under deciduous trees
- Preferable in zones 3 to 7
- Plant bulbs 2 to 3 inches deep, and 2 to 3 inches apart
- Prefers moist, hummus like soils, but will thrive in almost any soil
- Plant in the fall months
- Make sure to keep the roots moist, and wrap them in a moist towel if you are moving them from place to place
- Allow the foliage to yellow after bloom in order to photosynthesis and gain some fuel for the next season, if you have quick hands and do not wait you will get less flowers the following year
But are these plants invasive??
Although the snowdrop is not originally from North America, they do not have a major capacity to smother other plants. Making them less likely to invade the natural organisms in non-native habitat.