The days are beginning to pull out, lighter mornings and also evenings too. Yippee!
I love getting wrapped up and walking over the fields in our village with the kids and hubby this time of the year. We love to visit St Mary’s Church in Washbrook which is in an isolated position among the fields, about three miles west from the centre of Ipswich. The church is now redundant and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. There are parts of the church which dates to the 12th century but the majority is the 14th century. Well worth a visit!
My focus, this month are the beautiful graceful Galanthus. The children love exploring the snowdrops at their different growing stages. The graveyard is littered with these beauties and when they die back, they make room for decandant Daffodils.
The snowdrops have been cross polinating and there are doubles and singles, the way they sweep and cover the ground, it is truly a sight to see and worth the walk.
My mother in law is a “Galanthophile” (an enthusiastic collector of snowdrops species and cultivars).
A few years ago, for her birthday, (also in February) we bought her an expensive, highly sought after Galanthus plicatus “Wendys Gold”.
‘Wendy’s Gold’ is a bulbous perennial to 20cm with broad, grey-green leaves. The white flowers have a yellow-green ovary, and a long, yellow-green mark on the inner petals. She now has a couple of lovely clumps.
She has a new Galanthus plicatus, it has wider leaves and delicately, dimpled white petals, which catch the light.
There are so many beautiful snowdrops out there to admire and explore.
My advice, wrap up warm and get out there!