A post-Bloom Day appreciation



It’s generally so cold when snowdrops come out—and they’re so tiny anyway—that many pass them by. Snowdrops are peaking here in Buffalo. This is how I like to enjoy mine.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. They’re wonderful! And it looks like you’re a bit of a bulb collector, eh? Those don’t look like the standard, typical galanthus blooms.

  2. Ha. Katie, yeah, it seems incredible, but it was close to 400, at least.

    There are lots of different types of snowdrops, but in my view you can’t really tell the differences until you look at them from this angle!

    One is the double, as correctly identified by Gwendolyn.

  3. Snowdrops are gone in Urbana by now; Daffodils and early wild tulips are blooming!

    Native wildflowers like Hepatica and Bloodroot have been blooming for the last 2 weeks; both will fade by the end of this week.

    Toothwort is about to bloom, Prairie Trillium will soon follow; Bluebells and Duthchman’s Breeches are budding; Mayapples have just broken ground. Spring Beauty has just started to bloom.

    It’s a beautiful world:)

  4. Gorgeous! I’ve been meaning to grow snowdrops for ages, and I must remember to plant some this fall. So many bulbs, so little money and space!

    But these last two have their virtues. About four years ago, I sodded over my ugly bark-mulch “garden” and am much happier, with a prettier back yard, with less to maintain. It also means I grow mostly what I really, truly love.

  5. Lovely! They appear so delicate and fragile, yet they bloom at such a tough time of year! And their fragrance is indeed celestial. I think I love snowdrop, hellebore and hepatica season most of all — it is such a subtle time in the garden.

    Beverly Nichols has a rather elaborate design for a snowdrop-viewing-vase involving a mirror beneath the flowers so that one can see them clearly from below — maybe I will try that next year. They’re gone here now, and the magnolia soulangeana, Bradford pear, plums, and the famous cherry blossoms are in bloom. It is ravishing!

  6. Yes–I think he called it the Nichol’s patented viewer–something much snappier, I’m sure. I can’t recall which book. Will have to look it up.

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