Saturday, March 1, 2014

Flowers: Snowdrops

For my Northern Hemisphere friends, especially for Ellen, a symbol of new life.

Galanthus (Snowdrop; Greek gála "milk", ánthos "flower") is a small genus of about 20 species of bulbous herbaceous plants in the Amaryllis family. Most flower in winter, before the vernal equinox (21 March in the Northern Hemisphere), but certain species flower in early spring and late autumn.

I did some research, my flower looks like Lily of the valley except my plant has thin blades of grass. fellow blogger posted hers. Some say in New Zealand people call this snowdrops when it is in fact Snowflakes, leucojums which bloom in Spring. Whatever it is, it is beautiful and I have claimed it to be mine.

My clump of Snowdrops bloom this week. It is a very resilient plant as my mower mows over it every time he mows the lawn. Sometimes if I am home when he comes, I tell him ,"Please No." He flashes his white teeth, and the next time, he mows over it again.

When I moved house, I tried to dig up the bulbs, they were buried deep in the ground. I didn't have a spade. I managed to get a few, and put it in pots and forgot about it. I will have to wait until spring to see if they grew.

I like Snowdrops. My Chinese name is Pure Snow. My sis E is Pure Ice. An Uncle told me that my Dad had a problem in his head for naming us as such. We will be like ice and snow in our personality. Stone cold and we won't have any friends. Luckily, he was wrong. I have lots of friends everywhere I go. In fact, when I was leaving Singapore, I was asked if I would miss it. I said," No, but I would miss my friends."

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