These are Snowflakes or Märzenbecher in German - I saw them in such a plenty around a water castle near Münster, my hometown, on last Monday, whereas the snowdrops seem to be soon ending their bloom. In England I didn't see such meadows full of wild snowflakes.
"Snowdrops and snowflakes are often confused – and not just because of the similarity of their names.
But they belong to two different species of plants. The common snowdrops we plant are botanically Galanthus nivalis. The snowflakes are botanically Leucojum aestivum.
Typically, snowdrops bloom in January or early February, making it a true winter flower that is greatly appreciated when other things are still dormant.
The snowflake typically blooms in March and April and is always welcome for its contrast with the bigger, bolder late daffodils and early tulips. The little bell-shaped flowers are distinctive for the green dots around the tips of the flower petals. Each stem bears more than one flower – sometimes six or eight – at the top of stems, which are 18 to 24 inches tall. This is a very worthy plant, and can hold its own even with the competition of major spring flowers looking their best and brightest."
There are only two sorts of snowflakes, but more thasn 1000 sorts of snowdrops - a bit strange, isn't it?
Sorry, I cannot comment today, for I am taking part in a dagje-uit to Nederland.
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