Snowdrops are not truly native but have been grown in Scotland, probably from the sixteenth century. They cope with our damp climate better than many other bulbs. Despite their delicate appearance, their hard leaf tips allow them to push up though frozen ground while the flowers can cope with frost. The bulbs contain a chemical, galanthamine, which has been used to treat Alzheimers patients though it does not cure the condition. This chemical is also found in daffodils. Snowdrop bulbs resent drying out. They are traditionally planted ‘in the green’ by lifting bulbs as flowering finishes. There will be a number of snowdrop event in Scotland in February – you can find out more by checking the Discover Scottish Gardens website: https://www.discoverscottishgardens.org/events/
The Caley are holding their own small snowdrop event on Sunday 2nd February as part of our Saughton Sunday event. Why not pop into the park to see our Winter Border. It is looking lovely at the minute and the snowdrops are just starting to come into flower.