Sweet SNOWDROPS of Spring
I have been entranced by Snowdrops since I was a child in Germany and our parents showed us the tiny little blossoms pushing their way up through the snow. Could anything be more sweet and delicate?
Hans Christian Anderson described them perfectly in this excerpt from “The Snowdrop”:
“Welcome, welcome!” sang and sounded every ray, and the Flower lifted itself up over the snow into the brighter world.
The Sunbeams caressed and kissed it, so that it opened altogether, white as snow, and ornamented with green stripes.
It bent its head in joy and humility.
“Beautiful Flower!” said the Sunbeams, “how graceful and delicate you are!
You are the first, you are the only one!
You are our love! You are the bell that rings out for summer, beautiful summer, over country and town.
All the snow will melt; the cold winds will be driven away; we shall rule; all will become green, and then you will have companions, syringas, laburnums, and roses;
but you are the first, so graceful, so delicate!”
The first time I noticed Snowdrop patterns on China was on this Victorian era plate with “Flow-Blue color” set Made by Shelley Foley Company in the 1870’s and I was smitten.
A vibrant German Nymphenburg Demi-tasse set
An exquisite Flora Danica Luncheon plate
And a Victorian era c.1880’s Minton’s tile from the “Spirit of Flowers” series. One of my favorites.