24th January 2022
Is there anything more charming than a leisurely walk through a garden or park during late winter and seeing thousands of snowdrops? They evoke a sense of cheer, flowering when little else does, marking the end of winter and the beginning of longer days and kinder weather.
Snowdrops poke up through the dormant ground in January, and by early to mid-February their delicate flowers have slowly opened up to nod gently in the breeze with an understated elegance that only snowdrops have. They love to shelter in dappled shade underneath trees and shrubs but look equally at home in an alpine garden or naturalised in grass. They sit wonderfully with hellebores, as seen here.
Snowdrop Season at Easton Walled Gardens (10 miles north of Stamford on the A1) begins on 11 February, from when the gardens will be open Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am to 4pm. The Courtyard Shop will be open, as will The Coffee Room and The Applestore, serving hot drinks and cake – perfect for warming up on a chilly day. There will be snowdrop plants available to purchase, if you are a keen galanthophile. See www.visiteaston.co.uk for more details.
A few other excellent spots for snowdrops in our region:
Deene Park, Nr Corby. Snowdrop Sundays will be on 20 February and 27 February. Light refreshments will be available. Visit deenepark.com for full details.
Coton Manor, Nr Market Harborough. Coton Manor’s gorgeous gardens will be open for three weekends for snowdrops and hellebores on 19–20 and 26–27 February and 5–6 March. Both the garden and cafe will be open from 11am–4pm. www.cotonmanor.co.uk
NGS gardens: You can also shake off the winter with the National Garden Scheme’s 2022 Snowdrop Festival, when a number of gardens across the region will be open to visitors to showcase their snowdrops and raise money for charity. For more information, visit www.ngs.org.uk