From hidden bulb the flower reared up
Its angled, slender, cold, dark stem
Whence dangled an inverted cup
For tri-leaved diadem
(From 'The Snowdrop' by Walter de la Mare, 1929)
Springtime for LuneTube
There are few clearer signals that spring is on the way than the sight of Galanthus (that's snowdrops, to us) bursting forth. As one of the first spring bulbs to produce flowers; they warm the heart of anyone taking to the outdoors during the cold months at the start of the year.
Although we all have an image in our mind's eye of the 'classic' snowdrop; with its teardrop flower, hanging like a pearl earring - there are actually many varieties. Around 500 in fact.
And Hornby Castle in the Lune Valley is an excellent place to see snowdrops in all their glory. Each February, the owners of the Castle (a private residence) open the gardens and invite visitors to enjoy the beautiful grounds and 'drifts' of Galanthus.
The LuneTube team was lucky to be granted special access ahead of this year's Snowdrop Weekend and we've captured a flavour of the beautiful grounds for you to enjoy again and again. It's another of our 'LuneMood' pieces.
Our thanks to Hornby Castle for their kind hospitality. To make sure you don't miss future open days, visit http://www.hornbycastle.com/
If you have a beautiful garden, or collection of plants, get in touch and maybe we could produce a 'LuneMood' there too?