White magic at Springhill
The small, white, bell-shaped flowers are always a welcoming sight as winter draws to a close. Snowdrops, also known as Galanthus nivalis, are brave little flowers and the colder the weather, the longer they will last, with some flowering into March. Not only are the snowdrops brave enough to cope with whatever the weather throws at them, they are also the masters of subtlety. Their blue-grey spears have perforated the damp earth and their shoots have expanded, releasing their delicate, dangling green and white bells.
Come and meet these intrepid little flowers and enjoy an invigorating walk around the grounds and estate. The delightful display of these pretty winter flowers are a real credit to the estate team who continually spread the bulbs each year.
Springing up throughout the grounds our snowdrops can last until the end of February, all depending on the weather which has been very changeable over the last few years. Well, it does keep the gardeners on their toes! For many people they hold a common symbolism of purity, hope and rebirth, timed perfectly for New Year.
Although visitor facilities and Springhill House are not due to open to visitors until late spring, the property and carpark are open daily for walkers to enjoy the carpets of snowdrops. So grab your coat and your walking boots or wellingtons and off you go! Snowdrops are the little wonders of nature which can lift our spirits and help carry us through until nature awakens completely at the arrival of Spring.