Warm winter, Late Snowdrops?

As winter begins, days start to lengthen. The increasing light signals plants to prepare for spring. Snowdrops (galanthus nivalis) are among the first responders. I have seen them blooming as early as late December, just a few days after Christmas.

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Early bloomers from a previous year. 

Late December is really early for the first blooms.

Last year’s first snowdrop photos are dated the tenth of January.

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Music Street snowdrops in bloom, January 10, 2016

This year, despite one of the warmest Januaries in memory, it has taken my favorite patch of snowdrops, in the yard of the old Cook place, weeks more than usual to show.

I walked into town the other day, to be able to check out these usually-early bloomers, to see what was up.

What was up was that they were out.

“Out”, as in “gone”.

It looks like someone dug themselves up some early snowdrops. They didn’t get them all, but the heart of the snowdrop patch I’ve enjoyed every year for decades has disappeared.

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There’s a hole in the heart of the old snowdrop patch. 

All are not lost. Snowdrops are hardy, and will multiply. To hurry things along some, I’ll dig up some snowdrops from my yard and slip them into that holes so next year will not be such a disappointment.

The snowdrops at Wishetwurra Farm are usually a week or two behind the patch on Music Street. This year, they’ve bloomed at about the same time.

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Snowdrops at the foot of a Wishetwurra Farm stone wall. January 25, 2017.

The snowdrops opened in the first sun after a nice rain.

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Raindrops linger on just-opened snowdrops. 

Such a lovely flower.

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And so nice to have them appear in the middle of winter.

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