When gardens are bare in January, we love to see the Snowdrop nodding its head despite the harshness of the weather.
The Latin genus name Galanthus comes from the Greek gala (milk) and anthos (flower). The Irish name is Plúirín Sneachta (Snow Pearl).
Some Irish gardens grow several varieties of snowdrops and organise Snowdrop events in February each year. Some of my favourite places to view snowdrops are:
Altamont Gardens Tullow, Co. Carlow
Ballykealy Manor, Ballon, Co. Carlow
Bellefield House, Shinbone, Birr, Co. Offaly
Caher Bridge Garden, Fanore, Co Clare
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin
The various flowers in gardens and in the wild continue to inspire deBlaca jewellery, made in Ireland in hallmarked silver and gold.