As I sit here making out my order to The Temple Nursery, I happened upon this article about snowdrops being late to bloom in the U.K. Being curious, I went outside to check on mine and discovered, happily, signs of all emerging. While I have a modest collection...all of the 'collectible' ones have come from Temple....I do find, especially this time of year, that seeing them is a happy event. I do think they signal the beginning of a new year in flowers (okay, some early crocus, too...and let's not forget the hellebores).
Checking back, last year I did find a snowdrop in bud on January 10th...so perhaps they are a bit behind here. However, it was by February 3rd that they seemed to get going...and I would guess I'll see snowdrops in bloom by then this year as well. It all works out.
Maybe tomorrow (depending on the weather...rain expected) I'll get out with the macro and see if I can find a few blooms worthy of a photo. There are several hellebores in bloom but they're a bit weather weary at the moment. Being hellebores, they'll perk up....really tough flowers.
(tomorrow being today...)
Just the early Hellebores are out so far...