robed in white, snowflake fairies
ring together to wake sleeping nature,
milk drops conquer frozen earth, nod to fallen soldier.
Have you ever noticed how snowdrops look like drops of milk hanging from a stem? The Romans did, because they named them Galanthus, which means “milk-white flowers”.
They are the first flower to conquer winter. According to a legend, if you listen really carefully, you can hear the bells ringing together to wake up sleeping nature.
Snowdrops grew wild near the terrible blood-stained battlefields of the Crimean war. British soldiers collected the tiny bulbs to take home or slip into letters to their wives and sweethearts, introducing them to the British Isles. Like everlasting tributes, they still bloom every year on the graves of the fallen soldiers.