Although snowdrops are not native to the British Isles (they came to UK in the late 16th century, and it took them almost 200 years to become a wild plant) they are a much-loved sight in our hedgerows, gardens, verges and, especially, churchyards!
We can thank the Victorians for that, because they thought it was very fashionable to plant snowdrops around graves. Victorians also included snowdrops in their language of flowers – a special code that they used to send each other secret messages. Sending a “posy of snowdrops” to someone you had a liking for would help you to know if you had a future together!
In a local tradition, people around Mid-Powys, Shropshire and Herefordshire would put vases of snowdrops in their houses to “cleanse” them and provide some hope for the year ahead! We’re going to be making a lovely vase of snowdrops to bring us hope.