The gardens at the National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey are set to be transformed into a ‘sea of white’ as thousands of delicate snowdrops come into bloom early due to the unseasonably warm winter weather.
Anglesey Abbey, near Cambridge has one of the finest snowdrop collections in the country, with over 240 varieties of the delicate white flower, including 20 varieties that have been discovered at the property.
This year there is a new avenue of snowdrops along the Jubilee Walk, the result of thousands of bulbs planted by staff and volunteers last spring.
The absence of an extended cold snap means that many varieties are a good two to three weeks ahead of their normal flowering time – in fact a number of snowdrops were in flower prior to Christmas.
The Snowdrop, or Galanthus to use its correct botanical name, is often seen growing in religious or monastic sites because of the coincidence to the period of the Feast of Candlemas and Purification each February. Their true origin can be traced across the world to Southern Russia, Turkey and Southern Europe. It is widely believed that the first great plant hunters, the Elizabethans, introduced them to this country.