Friday, 17 February 2012
thousands of snowdrops
Thousands and thousands of snowdrops at Welford Park. The grounds and woodlands surrounding the house are open to the public for a few weeks each year at snowdrop time.
There was once a monastery here and the monks planted snowdrops in the monastery grounds for flowers to decorate the church for the Feast of Candlemas on February 2nd and also to use the plant to produce a medicinal essence to treat headaches.
The dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII took place in 1536 so the original snowdrop bulbs must have been planted over 500 years ago.
This week the flowers were just perfect, in some places growing so densely they looked like a drift of snow.
It is amazing to think that these delicate flowers have been growing in this spot every spring for hundreds of years. These are just a few of my photographs, it is a very special place at this time of year.