White choral bells

6 Feb

Do you know this sweet little round?

White choral bells, upon a slender stalk, 
Lilies of the valley deck my garden walk.
Oh don’t you wish that you could hear them ring?
That can happen only when the fairies sing.

I know snowdrops aren’t lilies of the valley, but when I see a hillside covered in their tender buds, I can’t help but hum along, and look for winter fairies.


Not frost … not snow … snowdrops.IMG_1846ed

An ocean of snowdrops!IMG_1862ed

Snuggled up to large trees … snowdrops!IMG_1872ed

Not yet blooming, but completely unconcerned with winter chill … snowdrops!IMG_1877ed

A spotted blanket over the ground … snowdrops!IMG_1920edAbove, below, behind, everywhere … snowdrops!

All found at Painswick Rococo Gardens.  Snowdrops are at their peak now and through the next couple of weeks.  If you’re hunting for these (as I have been in previous years), check them out.



9 Responses to “White choral bells”

  1. Anonymous February 6, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    We love the Rococo gardens! I adore the way the snowdrops almost GLOW white against the misty grey background in your photos. I want to seek out a new snowdrop spot this year. Any suggestions??

    • Monique February 6, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

      Hmm, anonymous, I have no idea where you are or where you might be able to visit! If you’re cotswold-ish, I find every romantic old graveyard seems to have lovely snowdrops; Sherborne Estate has a pretty snowdrop walk; and Colesbourne Park calls itself “Englands Greatest Snowdrop Garden”. Some places to start? 😀

  2. Zazamataz February 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    Not only are they beautiful – but they seem so very hopeful to me. Spring can’t be that far away, right?

    • Monique February 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

      I hope! It was one of the coldest days of the winter (hovering around freezing, and intermittently raining) when we went on this snowdrop walk, so it certainly didn’t feel like spring! These blooms amaze me…

  3. haitiruth February 8, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

    I nominated you for a Sunshine Award! You can see the details here: http://thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com/2014/02/sunshine.html

    No pressure if you don’t want to participate. But your blog does always bring sunshine into my day. 🙂

  4. Sally February 9, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Achingly beautiful. It does look chilly though.

    • Monique March 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

      It has been colder than expected, but (knock on wood) the ceaseless rains seem to have … ceased … and field explorations are cold but no longer waterlogged!

  5. thebookgator February 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    beautiful! I’ve never seen a snowdrop field~thanks for sharing!

    • Monique March 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      You’re welcome. 🙂 They’re worth seeing.

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