One of the highlights of my year is the arrival of the first snowdrops in my garden and today was the day.

Tramore was shrouded in muggy fog but deep down under the unpruned hydrangea by the front gate, I caught sight of the gleaming white of snowdrops. This moment symbolises so much to me: light after dark; hope after doubt; courage after falterings; reunion after separation; joy after teardrops …..


Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed,  hope has to be maintained.  (Seamus Heaney)                        


Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

35 thoughts on “Snowdrops”

  1. Always good to have some happy reminders, isn’t it? We had real snow “drops” here yesterday, but today dawned sunny and clear blue skies, even though below freezing. Your snowdrops are definitely much preferred, and truly, far more beautiful.

  2. It’s heaven to have happy reminders! It’s unseasonably mild over here at present and the thought of snow seems crazy. The great thing about snowdrops is that they seem to be able to cope with any kind of weather so if snow does come they’ll still thrive. Amazing flowers.

  3. Beautiful. I love the snowdrops and we are in an arctic front at the moment. We expect our first snowdrops 3 rd week of January. Hopefully the arctic front will disappear and we will see the delicate snowdrops in our garden as well.

    1. Hi Luanne, just seeing the snowdrops every time I look out or go out the front door is a huge thrill. I suppose you could call it a ‘meaningful experience,’ though that sounds very fancy.

  4. It’s in the minuses here on the Rhine, and the only flowers we see are the ones drawn on the inside of ice cold fogged windows. So glad you had, and wrote about, this experience.

    1. A week or ten days earlier than usual. They are ALWAYS here for Jan 29th ~ Mother’s birthday. I used to bring her a tiny bunch as she was absolutely in love with them.

    1. Hi Inese, yes it’s nearly as mild as Summer, isn’t it? With the stretch in the evenings, we are getting ever closer to being out of the way of snow and the like.

    1. Hi Sarah, that seems a little strange that the snowdrops haven’t appeared when the others are shooting up. Snowdrops seem to almost appear overnight, though, I find. So keep your eyes peeled.

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