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Feb 17, 2018 1:54 PM CST
|I totally agree, Jane, with your comment about the early blooming Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno' in Zone 5. Other than a Helleborus niger that is also planted close to the house, under the eaves, the wonderful Double Snowdrop is the only plant that comes into bloom in January here - when the snow clears from there. And the fragrance is marvellous to bring inside. In a short time, this is repeated with the appearance of the single Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis). In a book, (possibly by that amazing British writer Beverly Nichols) I learned that the best way to enjoy the beauty (and fragrance) of Snowdrops, is to place them on a table in a small vase on top of a small round mirror. Here one can peer in and see the miracle of the insides of the Snowdrop - whose head always hangs, down. And when peering closely, the fragrance is also close at hand.
At the time of reading this - about thirty years ago - I had just broken a mirror. I took the pieces in to a glass and mirror store, and was able to have 4 rounds of mirror cut for me, in varying sizes, and I've used them ever since, for bouquets with overhanging blooms.
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