Posted by: Alison O'Connor, Larimer County
The snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) are blooming! Carl Linnaeus (my favorite hortie) discovered these cuties in 1753 and gave them the specific epithet "nivalis" meaning "snowy". I know they are petite, but it's a sure sign that spring is on its way. I love when they poke their heads out to say hello. As a minor bulb, snowdrops look best when planted en masse. You can stick them between small gaps of your perennials and shrubs. Because the bulbs are so small, they only need to be planted a couple inches deep. Look for these little white gems in the fall with other spring-blooming bulbs.