Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Spring?

Do my eyes deceive me? Are we seeing the first signs of Spring? This morning, it was very mild and spring-like on our walk so I decided to look for signs of Spring, but it turned out that there were no better signs than the snowdrops in our own front garden.This, "Common" Snowdrop - Galanthus nivalis - is one of approximately 20 species of Snowdrops. The Name Galanthus comes from the Greek 'Gala' (meaning milk) and 'Anthos' (flower). The second part 'nivalis' means "of the snow". The word Snowdrop was first used in 1633. The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time.More info HERE.
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