On Tuesday 8 February a group of 15 from our Garden of Edenbridge group visited Spring Platt, Sutton Valance to view over 400 species of snowdrops. Galanthus is the family name for all snowdrops and the most important are Galanthus Nivalis, Elwesii and Plicatus. Together they are the ancestors of almost all known snowdrops. The most common is the Galanthus Nivalis, meaning ‘Milk Flower of the Snow’. Galanthus Plicatus is known as the ‘Pleated Snowdrop’ and Galanthus Elwesii was named after Henry John Elwes, a Victorian traveller and plant hunter. He found this giant snowdrop in Turkey. Today, although not native to this country, it’s commonly found in the British Isles rearing its pearly head in time to coincide with the celebration of Candlemass around the beginning of February.
An excerpt from an old English calendar dating back to the 19C reads: