The unusually mild winter has brought out snowdrops earlier than normal at Fyne Court, the National Trust property nestling in the Quantock Hills. The mild weather has led to early snowdrops being spotted in December, and throughout January clumps of the popular bulbs at Fyne Court have been seen.
Nigel Garnsworthy, Head Ranger explains: ‘Despite the early blooms, February is definitely still the best time to take in the full effect; it’s a carpet of white.
‘We believe the snowdrops were originally planted here in the 1800’s as part of the then-fashionable Arcadian landscape designed garden. The delicate flower represented the light and laurel bushes with their shiny dark green leaves providing the dark contrast.’
This year the National Trust is holding a Snowdrop Stroll on Saturday 15 February from 10.00 – 11.00am and again from 2.00 – 3.00pm. Nigel will lead a guided walk of the estate visiting the snowdrop hot spots as well as talking about the superstitions and history surrounding the flowers. Booking is essential on 01643 862452 and tickets cost £5 per adult and £2.50 per child.
There are no longer any formal gardens at Fyne Court, as over time the property has become wilder in nature. This has worked in the snowdrops favour, giving them an opportunity to spread and cover a far greater area. Visitors are advised to remember to bring their cameras.
More information is available on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fynecourt