In many places in my garden I have snowdrops, all from one or two plants Paul’s mother gave me in the 1970s. The above picture is not from my garden, but it’s a sort of inspiration for what one can do……….It took years before the original plants (which I divided) in the front yard began to naturalize and self-sow themselves but it has now been years since they did. And if you dig up one plant and divide it into several bits and plant them in different places, they all seem to take well and grow into large clumps and then sow themselves. They are such a sweet sign of spring. In 1974 I was walking in the Pilisy hills north of Budapest with Paul’s cousin Madi and we found children with snowdrops they had gathered. Madi asked where they had found them and they shouted back, “Az erdoben.” This means “in the forest ” and wasn’t too much help since that is where we were! In an immense forest where one could walk for hours.
note: I don’t know how to get the correct Hungarian accents in this blog! The “o” in erdoben should have two dots above it.