Arrival of the brave and beautiful snowdrops

“Snowdrops. Theirs is a fragile but hardy celebration… in the teeth of winter.”
Louise Wilder

Never has venturing out into fresh air and open spaces for exercise been so important than now – and this is the perfect time to take advantage of the early spring gardens here at Wentworth Woodhouse. The resilient spirit of the house is symbolised by the arrival of the brave and beautiful snowdrop.

Lighting the fuse for the kaleidoscope of colour arriving in the next few months, snowdrops start a chain reaction in the garden calendar. Eventually out-paced by our showy rhododendron and camellia collections, which were introduced in the last 20 years, the snowdrop drifts firmly place the gardens at Wentworth Woodhouse in any discerning gardener’s diary as a must-do visit. So, onto the recipe for a snowdrop garden…

Credits: David Sowter

Take a tenacious head gardener and a nimble-fingered garden team, furnish them with spade, trowel and barrow and set them off on the hunt for their quarry, chanting the WWPT Snowdrop Mantra: “DIG, DIVIDE, PLANT, REPEAT!”
Much prose is justly written in celebration of the snowdrop, the floral portent of spring, and the solace it brings in the dark winter months.

But for me, nothing beats the tingle of a cold nose, the warmth of a cosy hat pulled down low and the wakening warmth of a new season’s sunshine blinking us out of our winter torpor.
So, now – hand me a spade and point me in the right direction; for a snowdrop-hunting I must go!

Scott Jamieson
Head Gardener