'Stowedrop' watch

Close up picture of snowdrops

Spreading throughout the gardens 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.

Their true origin can be traced across the world to Southern Russia, Turkey and Southern Europe. It is widely believed that the first great plant hunters, the Elizabethans, introduced them to this country. There are no records of when snowdrops first appeared at Stowe; our gardeners believe they occurred naturally. Pleasing on the eye, they must have won somebody's favour to remain in a landscape designed mostly without flowers, and year after year they give seasonal delight.

We hope you're as excited for our 2018 #StowedropWatch as we are. Check this article for live updates as we track the spread of the buds and blooms throughout the gardens and parkland, and share images of your winter walks at Stowe on our social media pages. 

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18 Jan 18

Pops of colour

We still have small groups of snowdrops appearing throughout the garden. Here we have a little gathering of snowdrops and winter aconites by the River Styx in the Elysian Fields. A few of our spring flowers are making an appearance and creating pops of colour around the garden. Look out for cyclamen in Sleeping Wood and hellebores in the Grecian Valley too. We're currently estimating that the big gatherings of snowdrops will begin to appear in the next 1-2 weeks.

Snowdrops and winter aconites at Stowe, Buckinghamshire

15 Jan 18

The snowdrops have some neighbours

A few snowdrops have appeared up in the Grecian Valley near the Temple of Concord and Victory. Even better they've been joined by their colourful neighbours: winter aconites. We look forward to even more colour as the spring flowers develop throughout the season.

Snowdrops and winter aconites appear in the Grecian Valley at Stowe, Buckinghamshire

07 Jan 18

A few more flowers arrive

Our single bud now has a few friends as a scattering of Stowedrops have appeared in Lamport Garden. We just need a bit more sunshine now to bring on the carpets of little white flowers, which we look forward to each year.

The snowdrops beging to appear in Lamport garden at Stowe, Buckinghamshire