Sunday, February 17, 2019

Snowdrops On A Sunny Day

Winter is no longer welcome. An unusually warm day was a glorious respite. The magnolias stretched out their smooth gray branches, bearing only the beginnings of small tight buds, but the snowdrops at their feet basked in the afternoon sun. True to their name, these hardy bulbs will shoot right up through the snow. Some sun and a bit of warmth encourages them to open their buds. I sat on the walkway and enjoyed the scent of earth warming up. The snowdrops stood in a crowd, drooping heads topped with snazzy green caps. They flared their outer petals revealing green markings. Quite a fancy show, though tiny in scale. In the Victorian Language of Flowers, snowdrops represent hope. Hope and a promise that spring is ahead.