Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)
Just when it seems winter will never end and we enter another cold, bleak month in February we are suddenly reminded that things are changing and spring is just around the corner.
The most obvious sign is that the days are getting longer at quite a fast rate and the birds are beginning to sing again, some a bit tentative perhaps, but the signs are there.
For most of us, however, it is the appearance of the first spring flowers that tell us spring is on the way and these Snowdrops are now in flower everywhere.
Sadly, they are not really a native species being found mainly in central Europe but over the years they have become naturalised from garden escapes and now are found on banks, hedgerows and waysides across Dorset, especially in churchyards and near parks and gardens of our more 'stately' homes!
This little member of the Lily family is a particular favourite of ours in the Orchard family
and we look forward to them every spring.