November 21, 2017

Fair Maid of February

Common snowdrop - Galanthus nivalis

Janine Pineo Photo - Common snowdrop - Galanthus nivalis

Galanthus nivalis generally doesn’t rear its head in Maine until well past February, but it is still one of the earliest blossoms in spring. The snowdrop, with its pure white bloom marked with a tiny bit of green, is an easy bulb to plant in the autumn and can naturalize in the right conditions. According to “Forget-Ne-Not: A Floral Treasury,” snowdrops are the symbol of consolation and hope because of their timely appearance at winter’s end. Why the fair maid of February? Because in England, snowdrops start popping up then.