No self-respecting garden scribbler passes up the snowdrop moment, if only to show solidarity with colleagues, and especially when the Chelsea Physic Garden has just opened its annual Snowdrop Days (from January 28 to February 3).
It’s tricky to get the date right. Last year they were tricked by the weather, postponed it and were caught out when it suddenly warmed up. This year a week of frost kept the flowers back; I fear the shy little plants may not have sold very well. But the Snowdrop Theatre was a good as ever: each plant discreetly lit from above in a wooden frame. See on the right.