The weekend’s snow is melting and revealing again the many flowers that have appeared early this year due to unseasonally mild weather. By the end of January we had already spotted daffodils, crocuses and camellias signalling that spring might not be far around the corner. Of course the main attraction at this time of year are the striking white carpets of snowdrops which are now in full bloom. Apparently the recent mild weather means it is a good year for snowdrops – or galanthus, which means ‘milk flower’.
Close to Cheltenham we are lucky to have the famous Rococo Gardens near Painswick, which has one of the largest naturalistic plantings of snowdrops in the country and has a wide variety of snowdrops on display. Furthermore, every Wednesday and Friday throughout February they are holding a series of snowdrop lectures. For further information visit www.rococogarden.org.uk
A little further afield, further down the Cotswold Way, we can also recommend a winter walk amongst the delicate snowdrops in the private gardens of Camers, Old Sodbury, which for the first time shall be opening in winter in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The Camers Snowdrop Week is being held from Monday 20th February until Saturday 25th February, every morning from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm with coffees, teas and cakes on sale in the beautiful Elizabethan farmhouse. For further information visit http://www.camers.org