Tiptoe through the Snowdrops
We may be in the depths of winter, but Mother Nature is still planning to put on a beautiful show of snowdrops for us during February and perhaps March, if we are lucky.
The scientific name for Snowdrops is Galanthus, meaning 'milk flower' and these delicate little flowers have also been known as 'Candlemas bells' and, perhaps more romantically, 'fair maids of February'.
Below are some of the best spots in Suffolk to see them on display.
Ickworth House Garden and Park, nr Bury St Edmunds
The Ickworth House parkland is a wonderful spot to head to for a winter's walk among snowdrops. Follow the path along the Lady Geraldine's Walk and The Albana Walk, where carpets of snowdrops are complemented by the golden glow of aconites.
The house is closed at the moment, but the gardens, parkland and cafe are all open.Black and white lambs at Ickworth House (c) Martin Pettitt
Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds
Nowton Park near Bury St Edmunds covers almost 200 acres of countryside, which was landscaped over 100 years ago in a style typical of the Victorian era. It has wild flower meadows, mixed woodland, wildlife ponds and an arboretum stocked with trees from around the world.
Best known for its spectacular display of around 100,000 daffodils, snowdrops are also to be seen on woodland walks around the park.
Blakenham Woodland Garden, nr Ipswich
Blakenham Woodland Garden near Ipswich is a fine collection of traditional English woodland mixed with more exotic trees, shrubs and flowers which have been planted over a period of 50 years.
The six acre garden normally opens in the spring, but there is a special open day to celebrate the display of snowdrops over the weekend of 18th and 19th of February from 10am to 5pm.
The Place for Plants, East Bergholt
At its prime in the spring, the 20 acre aboretum at the Place for Plants is full of unusual trees, shrubs, topiary and a series of ponds. It will be open for a Snowdrop and Garden Walk, led by owner Rupert Eley on Thursday, 9th February at 10.30am.
Tickets include tea and coffee on arrival.
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
Take a woodland walk around the grounds of Kentwell Hall, a mellow-bricked Tudor mansion in the village of Long Melford. The snowdrops will be the first flowers of the season to show their faces, followed later by masses of daffodils, primroses, cowslips violets, forget-me-nots and finally in May, carpets of bluebells will take centre stage.
Open 11am - 4pm: Saturday, 11th to Sunday, 12th February | Monday, 13th to Sunday, 19th February | Saturday, 4th to Sunday, 5th March | Saturday, 11th to Sunday, 12th March.Woodland Walk at Kentwell Hall in Suffolk ©ShowCapture.com