by Pippa Greenwood

Are you listening, snowdrops? 'Where are you, perhaps you'd like to show up sometime?'

pg_daffodils_10012008There is something special about one-offs, whether you are in an art gallery, shopping for shoes or in the garden. Something that does its own thing always has extra appeal.

So it was with great delight that we watched as this little daffodil edged its way through the frozen ground and came in to bloom, all on its own. I have planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs in the same spot, but no others have shown even the slightest hint of appearing quite so early. It has been out, looking delicately charming since about the 7th of December. Even the snowdrops around it haven't budged, and remain stubbornly beneath the hard crust of soil.

I understand that there are funny things happening all over our gardens, up and down the country, but this little stunner has really put on a fantastic prima donna show. I hope it realises the pleasure it brought as it glowed warmly in the freezing winter weather. A big thank you, from all of us.

I'll be out there regularly watching to see just when this little daffodil's relatives decide to make their entrance. We'll enjoy them, but they won't make such an impact!

Are you listening, snowdrops? Where are you, perhaps you'd like to show up sometime?

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Gardeners' World Web User 10/01/2008 at 16:34

I have had the Snowdrop's big brother the Snowflake in flower in my Swansea garden since early December. They used to start flowering at the end of January, but for the last couple of years they have flowered early.

Gardeners' World Web User 10/01/2008 at 19:10

Hi Pippa, in my small patch I have some snowdrops out as well as jasmine, viburnum, primroses, hellebores, cyclamen and, believe it or not, cowslips! In the Sir Harold Hillier arboretum we saw several groups of "January Gold" daffodils in flower on New Years Day.

Gardeners' World Web User 10/01/2008 at 21:02

I too, am eagerly awaiting my first snowdrops and making a daily inspection, but was greatly surprised last weekend to find a single deep pink flower of a schizostylis in a tub!

Gardeners' World Web User 11/01/2008 at 13:21

...and as if it knows it is now a star of the Gardeners' World Blogging world, and feels overcme by all the attention, my solitary daff is just being joined by a couple more, perhaps though they are simply being forced out of the soil by the vast quantities of RAIN going in to it!!

Gardeners' World Web User 11/01/2008 at 13:46

Living in the South West my drifts of Snowdrops are usually very close to blooming by now. But despite getting down on my hands and knees to search I have been unable to find a single one coming through.

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