Nature's Hidden Beauties

Some of the things I love most about nature are quite obvious overwhelming beauties, like towering mountains, roaring rivers and water falls, or deep quiet woods.

But then there are the hidden gems. The beauty you either have to know is there, or stumble upon by "accident".

Snowdrops are one such beauty.

For years and years I admired the pure white snowdrops that lit up in the garden in the most boring and gray time of the year. Bringing a bit of garden joy when there was none other to be found.

Never ever did I think to turn those little white bells upside down. Once I did, a few winters ago, I had NO idea the incredible beauty and intricacy and detail of the floral design miracle unfolding on the inside, so thoroughly hidden away from prying eyes and so deceiving in its outward simplicity.

Have you always known about this hidden gem?

A few facts on this little beauty:

It is one of the earliest flowering plants, and can be important for insects.

More than 1.000 Snowdrop cultivars (meaning kinds of) have been identified.

Its scientific name is Galanthus (and to now big surprise it is also known as "flower of hope" in English). Galanthus is derived from the Greek gala which means milk and is most likely referring to the clear milky white flowers.

The snowdrop grows from tiny bulbs. The clumps can easily and gently be divided just when they finish flowering if you (like me) are eager to create more of them in your garden.

It is a perennial which means it flowers every year, depending on your climate from January to March.

Snowdrops (both flower but especially bulb) are poisonous to humans if eaten.