Fierceblooms Visits Erddig To See The February Snowdrops

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WORDS: Kathryn Cronin PHOTOS: Ricky Bache
Time and tide wait for no man and so it is with the seasons. Just when winter feels unending in February, it’s damp dark and dreary days starting to impact our every endeavour, hope springs eternal. I defy anyone to be unmoved by the sight of swaths of February snowdrops pushing their seemingly delicate heads to warm our winter hearts.

Travelling back to Wales and to Erddig provides a constancy. Every visit to this National Trust property in North Wales has its magical moments. This time, it is the beautiful banks of February snowdrops. Cloaking the earth with their wonderful white flowers, I am reminded of the coming of spring that in the midst of winter we forget we will ever see again. Snowdrops connect and inspire all that is the wild garden and you cannot fail to believe in nature and its power of renewal.

Snowdrops connect and inspire all that is the wild garden.

Spend 2 minutes with me while I walk you around Erddig and its still glorious winter garden. There is a rather splendid glasshouse tour in the video too.

The scenes are a reminder that wild garden style floral design at this time of year is all about lichen covered barks and the textures and berries from foliage synonymous with winter festivities.

Rose hips and berried ivy are favourites of mine but so too are the twisted bare branches of snowberry that speaks to a summer passed.

I am very lucky to have some of my very own February Snowdrops around my garden. Often I will dig up small clumps to bring into the house. I never cut them but put them bulb and all in vintage terrines and terracotta pots finished with moss (there is plenty of that in my garden too). They make beautiful gifts. When they are done in my house I transplant them in the green to ensure the Snowdrops return and can appear again next year. There are now many nodding white heads to greet me in my new patch of snowdrop lawn.

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