Sunday, 19 February 2017

Shipley Snowdrops




I love snowdrops! Coming into flower just as you start to think Winter will never end, they promise longer, warmer days and Spring not far away.














Crocuses when they arrive may be brighter and showier but don't spread in such drifts along flower beds or under trees.










A few milder days this week have brought my garden snowdrops into flower so on Saturday we went out to Shipley Country Park to check how things were advancing there.















We were perhaps a little early and not all the plants were in full flower. The untouched part of the Shipley estate is on a hill, and often seems chillier than the surrounding flatter fields which were once part of open-cast mining.













The snowdrops were presumably set in the days when there was a hall at Shipley (its floor-plan is still marked out to see), lining the approach to the house and running through the wooded areas just outside the more formal gardens. Today they form huge blocks of flowers and look just stunning.













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