Snowdrops signal the beginning of spring

Snowdrops are often the first sign of the coming spring. Their two Latin names, Galanthus nivalis meaning ‘milkflower’ and ‘snowlike’ describes them well, as does their less common but very apt name of ‘snow piercer’, most probably given because they push their way through frozen ground in midwinter, their growing tip protected by a tough sheath. A bulb…