February begins tomorrow, which means it's time for Snowdrops. Indeed they have emerged on schedule, though the flowers haven't quite opened up yet. Some things you might not have known about Snowdrops, if the Wikipedia page is to be believed:

  • Snowdrops were probably introduced to the UK by the Romans.
  • The seeds are distributed by ants, and contain substances that attract them.
  • In most countries it is illegal to collect Snowdrop bulbs.

Many gardens open at this time of year especially to show off their carpets of snowdrops. There is a page listing Snowdrop gardens for 2010.

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