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Following the Prime Minister's announcement of the latest lockdown in England, our shops, houses and visitor centres are closed, and some cafés will offer takeaway refreshments.
All National Trust in Wales places are currently closed in line with Welsh government restrictions. In Northern Ireland, houses, shops and visitor centres are closed and cafés are takeaway only.
Perhaps the best known of the winter flowers, snowdrops are thought to have been introduced to British gardens in the late 15th century from mainland Europe. They flower between January and March.
There are 20 species of wild snowdrop, of which Galanthus nivalis is the most common. Over the years over 1,000 new varieties have been cultivated. New varieties are also created by cross-fertilisation.
Snowdrops aren’t native to the UK. Historians believe they were introduced from Europe in the late 15th century. Cultivated varieties became popular in Elizabethan gardens and were first recorded growing wild in the 1770s.
Tougher than they look
Their buds have a hard tip that helps them break through frozen soil. The sap also contains a type of antifreeze which helps to protects them from frost.
Homes for bees
Bees love snowdrops. They're a vital source of nectar early in the year when not many other plants are in flower. By planting snowdrops, you'll be building on the eco-system this vital species calls home.
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