In A Vase On Monday – Snowdrops

As you can see, we still have snow! Four inches of ‘mixed’ precipitation fell on Friday into Saturday as Mother Nature played her April Fool’s joke. However, it is melting rapidly on this sunny day, where our high is 47F (8C). While this may not sound warm to many of you, it is downright balmy to us!

Placed into the mushy snow on the deck railing, I’ve filled my little pineapple vase with snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), and surrounded them with oak leaves that sheltered them as they emerged. The snowy garden in the background attests to what remains. Below right is a photo taken of the back yard during the storm:

Years ago, I planted snowdrops next to the front foundation and porch, where the spring sun melts the snow the earliest. As you can see by the nearby icy mound of snow, they definitely earn their name.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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95 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Snowdrops

  1. Cathy says:

    Ah – the snowdrops! You’ve brought us yours this morning just at a time when ours are already this year’s ghosts. I love the leaves around that pretty little vase Eliza – and nice to see where they are growing too. Hope everything warms up soon for you and you move on into spring.

  2. Glad the warmer weather Is moving your way Eliza! Pretty flower 🌿🍀

  3. jenanita01 says:

    Although I love snow, and snowdrops, I’m glad our year is a little further along than yours…I never thought I would say it, but my old bones need the warmth!

  4. Christina says:

    At last you have some flowers but that snow! So much of it still, you make me ashamed of complaining about our dull day today.

  5. Snow with snowdrops is the perfect prop. I love that you also included the leaves that protected them where they grew. It’s a very sweet arrangement altogether!

  6. Superb photographs and display. The autumn leaves was a brilliant stroke offering context and elegance

  7. Beautiful. We got a lot more than 4″, but some has melted, and then we have more in the forecast for tomorrow. I don’t think Mother Nature cares that we all just want to get outside and pick up sticks and start on our chore list. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Judy. I was thinking about you this weekend, having it worse than I. I guess we should be happy for the extended vacation, but we’re ready and raring to go!

  8. Alice Pratt says:

    Such a delicate looking but ‘tough and brave’ flower, to be out in the cold! My Crocuses were blooming, mid-afternoon, yesterday (25 m. South of Boston). Went out w/ my iPad…surprise! They were covered with very hungry, buzzing, Honey Bees…they didn’t seem to mind my picture and video taking!

  9. dorannrule says:

    A clever presentation to remind us there is beauty in every season.

  10. Kathy Sturr says:

    LOVE! Only you could make snow look good this time of year (;

  11. Laurie Graves says:

    Brave little flowers! No wonder they’re called snowdrops. The dried leaves are a great touch.

  12. pbmgarden says:

    Glad you’re enjoying some balmy weather Eliza. It’s all relative, right? The snowdrops are lovely and what a smart plan to place them growing where the snow disappears first so you can enjoy them. Have a great week.

  13. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD says:

    My snowdrops emerge first next to the foundation of the house. We are in the 40s today and it feels good, although it is raining. I love the addition of the oak leaves as that is where some of mine grow as well, in oak leaf litter.

  14. Peter/Outlaw says:

    I love the combination of your snowdrops and the leaves that sheltered them. a perfect arrangement for this time of year when winter and spring are battling it out. The appearance of snowdrops helps assure us that spring will eventually win even though Jack Frost is putting up quite a fight.

  15. Snowdrops living up to their name!

  16. Nice post … I love snowdrops! You are not alone … more snow here tonight into Tuesday.

  17. albert says:

    That first photograph says so much . I’m putting it front and center for the next two weeks. It helps me see what I believe.

  18. susurrus says:

    The leaves around the case make the perfect finishing touch.

  19. Lovely post. Thank goodness for snowdrops!

  20. MK says:

    such hearty little souls!

  21. Cathy says:

    What a pretty little vase for those snowdrops – and look at that snow! So easy here to think that winter is all over but I shouldn’t be complacent!

  22. Samuel says:

    Eliza, that’s lovely! I like the contrast between the young, pristine snowdrops (in French we call them perceneiges, snowpiercers) and the old, waned leaves.
    Thank you 🙂

  23. Such pretty snowdrops to complement the snowy view. I’ve tried to grow them here in San Francisco to no avail as I don’t think it gets cold enough, sigh. As well, I have yours to enjoy.

    Here’s my little vase today:

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you. If you really wanted to experience them (I encourage it as they smell divine), you could order bulbs and put them in the fridge for a few months, then pot them up and set them outside to grow. Totally doable!

  24. Kris P says:

    I can’t think of a better way to display snowdrops, Eliza. I hope that was your last snowstorm. I’ve been complaining mightily about our own temperatures dipping back down into the 50sF today so, no, 47F doesn’t seem at all balmy to me. Yet, our temperatures are expected to soar again by mid-week and then, just possibly, deliver some rain this weekend – it’s enough to make one dizzy!

  25. Lovely, simple, almost Japanese-like composition.

  26. AlisonC says:

    Gorgeous and so clever to arrange them with the leaves they’d be seen with. Your snowy pictures are lovely to look at but I know you must be longing for spring. I’m sure it’s on the way.

  27. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Beautiful snowdrops. Do you often still have snow in April?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you. Good question! In the 90s, mid-April was when the last of the snow disappeared from the yard, but recent years has seen that change to 2-4 wks earlier. So I suppose this year is in line with the old average. Who knows what ‘normal’ is anymore?

  28. Cathy says:

    That is such a lovely way to showcase them, with the dry leaves from last year. It must be a welcome sight for you after your long winter! Hope your snow melts soon and the ground can warm through this month ready for the explosion of growth to come! 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. It does cheer my heart. The vase is above the kitchen sink and I lift it to sniff every time I’m there. Sweet heaven.
      Another warm day or two and the yard will begin to emerge. 🙂

  29. Brian Skeys says:

    A wonderful way to show off the snowdrops with the oak leaves.

  30. Gracefully Global says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the uncooperative weather, but I love the Snowdrops. You did great planting them there. 🙂 Your arrangement reminds me so much of Ireland, where I am now. There are so many Snowdrops here, and leaves like that too. Thanks to you I know what Snowdrops are called now!

  31. Anca Tîrcă says:

    So nice to see those fresh snowdrops again, ours have gone already!

  32. ladyfi says:

    Gorgeous snowdrops! They look even better against the snow.

  33. Wow, what a difference 1400 miles makes! No wintry mix here, temps in the high 80s! Love the Snowdrops in fallen leaves = looks just right.

  34. Val Boyko says:

    Artistry reflecting nature. Love it Eliza 💛

  35. Brenda says:

    I think I’m going to copy your approach and plant some snowdrops on our warm southern foundation wall. We finally have a few spears of crocus coming up and some tulips on our south wall–but it is snowing yet again (after yesterday’s lovely tease of warmth and sun.) My new bees are due in two weeks, and I’m starting to get worried that nothing will be blooming for them.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I highly recommend foundation planting for snowdrops and snow crocus, by March we are starved for growing things. The bees are happy for the early blooms, too. The scent near the porch is heavenly!
      If there are no blooms in 2 weeks, can you feed them sugar or honey water?

      • Brenda says:

        Yes, any bit of bloom will be cherished at this point! I planted a whole bunch of crocuses in front of the hive and am hoping that they will be almost ready to bloom when the bees get here. There should be some trees blooming as well. But, yes, I will feed them sugar water for the first few weeks and there is plenty of honey left from the hive I lost. They will need pollen, though, so let’s hope the weather warms soon.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Fingers crossed!

  36. Jet Eliot says:

    A delightful celebration of snowdrops, Eliza~~

  37. bittster says:

    …and here I always thought you were warmer than me. Not this spring, we missed that snow last week and it’s made a huge difference as far as spring moving ahead. Now we just have to dry out a bit!
    Love the arrangement 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Frank. I reckon I’m about six hours northeast of you in the hills of western MA. Back in the ol’ days, we would have snow cover til mid-April, but with CC it’s been 2-4 wks earlier, so we got kind of spoiled. I’d say this is a 20th century ‘normal’ winter for us. Can’t really complain, the trees are getting a deep watering. 😉

      • bittster says:

        Ohhhhhh… for some reason I thought you were on the other side of where I’m at! Things seem earlier each year here as well. Some of the “first” days are starting to match the firsts of my hometown which has now moved all the way to a zone 7.

  38. How pretty, and the use of the dried leaves is inspired for a lovely contrast. I’m going to remember that one 🙂

  39. Pink and Pineapple says:

    Obsessed with that vase 😍

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