Snowdrops at Baddesley

Snowdrops in the churchyard at Baddesley Clinton

If you’re looking for assurance that the cold, dark days of winter are nearly over, look no further than the welcome sight of glimmering snowdrops.

From January to May the churchyard at Baddesley has many beautiful flowers; first snowdrops, then daffodils and then bluebells. Flowering snowdrops are traditionally seen to herald the end of winter and we have a wonderful display here at Baddesley.

Snowdrops at Baddesley
Snowdrops at Baddesley

Snowdrops are among the first to raise their heads in the New Year and when it is warm they release a delicate fragrance. Look carefully at the snowdrops to see their green markings on the inside. Did you know that soldiers were so enchanted by snowdrops that they brought them back from the Crimean War battlefields to plant in their own gardens?

Snowdrops pushing their way through the soil
Snowdrops pushing their way through the soil

According to legend, the snowdrop became the symbol of hope when Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden. When Eve was about to give up hope that the cold winters would never end, an angel appeared and transformed some of the snowflakes into snowdrop flowers. Each year when the snowdrops push up through hard soil and even snow they prove that even the harshest winters do eventually give way to the spring.

View of the church from the estate walk
View of the church and snowdrops

Don’t forget to enjoy a gentle stroll around the gardens and lake, and discover some of the estate's late medieval and Tudor history.