Snowdrops of Treflach

Snowdrops are no native to our land but were first imported in the middle ages and the Crimean War soldiers brought bulbs back with them in a second wave. They now flourish in all gardens. Cottagers and farmers too busy for frivolity embraced the humble snowdrop for its ability to thrive in adversity- the first sign of spring a plant that flowers when no other does and is a valuable source of food for insects on sunny days- they are natures fridge as they flower from January to March depending on the season. There are old recipes for snowdrop wine but the number of flowers required are prohibitive- better to drink in their delight and perfume. On the edge of Treflach there are old quarrymen’s cottages that are now derelict but snowdrops are abundant when blossoming in Spring.