A Winter Reprieve

By John Harrod, Backyard Habitat Coordinator

Yesterday morning I could not pass up the opportunity to take a jaunt outside in the 65 degree weather.  While walking along Ashland’s floodplain trail and listening to the call of the Carolina Wren, I found snow drops, Galanthus nivalis, beginning to bloom. They are a harbinger of spring in gardens and in some wild areas in Delaware.  This bulbous plant is a native of Europe that has escaped from the garden and has naturalized in Delaware.  (It is also in the same family as clivias, a plant dear to our executive director’s heart).  Occasionally you will see them growing far from human habitation.  How did they get there?  Of course, someone could have planted them long ago.  This plant will spread from the garden in other ways too.  They spread by seed somewhat, but more often, the bulbs are moved by floods, and even by squirrels. 

Exotic snow drops
Exotic snow drops
 

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