Snowdrops: Runts of the Bulb Litter

February 7, 2014



“One might wonder what all the fuss is about, as snowdrops seem like the runts of the bulb world litter.  The largest top out at about twenty-six centimeters or ten inches tall.  Their appeal is in their shape, their pristine color, and their sense of timing.  Snowdrops bloom when there is little floral competition.”
—  Beatrix Potter, from Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell

I know of two little patches of snowdrops in my Seattle neighborhood.  I look for them as a harbinger of spring.


First snowdrops

First snowdrops



Watercolor sketch of snowdrops

Watercolor sketch of snowdrops




7 Responses to “Snowdrops: Runts of the Bulb Litter”

  1. snow here but no snowdrops yet

  2. napperscompanion Says:

    Your blog is such a peaceful presence! Thank you, John

    • Rosemary Says:

      A long time ago someone described me as serene, and that shocked me because, of course, my mind is so often scrambling and lurching and feeling overwhelmed. It does help to focus, even for a brief moment, on some small ordinary part of my day. So glad my photos and quotes and paintings convery this.

  3. garden2day Says:

    Beautiful! Small but elegant. 🙂

  4. shoreacres Says:

    That’s a beautiful watercolor sketch. And I like your calendar, too. that’s one of William Morris’s “useful bits of beauty” for sure.

    • Rosemary Says:

      My calendar is a cherished gift from a few of my painter friends. This is my second annual calendar from them. I hope I stay worthy of their friendships and gift. I’m already looking forward to the 2014 calendar.

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