The blossoming of early snowdrops often provides a lifeline into better days, with early birds scouring sheltered gardens and country nooks for signs of change in the final days of winter.
But one of the most popular venues for sighting this delicate, but yet robust little gem, is Dalby House, situated close to the village of the same name on the west coast. It’s an annual event organised by a successful team from St James Church in Dalby, which, with the kind permission of Mrs Clarke, allowed a large number of afternoon strollers to sample the delights of her private grounds. There was a rich display of snowdrops upon entering the driveway, but it’s the sheltered woodland at the rear of the property which was awash with an explosion of ethereal beauty. It was a heart-warming experience which couldn’t fail to lift the spirits of those who strolled nonchalantly amongst the blooms. Different varieties of snowdrops have been cultivated over the years at Dalby House, some of which were available for sale on the day.
This was followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea back at the church (something for which they’re renowned) amongst good company and lashings of tea and cake in front of a welcome open fire.
© March 2019