On Greeting the First Galanthus
The Snowdrop – Galanthus nivalis. Such beautiful, simple, flowers individually yet en masse a glorious carpet of white and green and that first sign spring is on its tentative way. Just found out they don’t have ‘petals’ – they have six ‘tepals’ instead. Do you think it’s some sort of botanists anagram in-joke?
Galanthus from the Greek gala, meaning “milk”, and anthos, meaning “flower”. The epithet nivalis means “of the snow”. So fitting the one and only snowdrop in our garden emerged after a little snowstorm. Seemed quite at home there amongst the frost, our tiny milk flower.
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