February already and as you might have seen on Mark's Photo Blog the first Snowdrops are out on Islay. No coincidence that I decided to use an image of the Snowdrops at the Bridgend woods as February desktop calendar image.
Galanthus, latin for Snowdrop, are among the first bulbs to bloom in spring. Snowdrops are native to a large area of Europe, stretching from the Pyrenees in the west, through France and Germany to Poland in the north, Italy, Northern Greece and European Turkey. It has been introduced and is widely naturalised elsewhere. Although it is often thought of as a British native wild flower, or to have been brought to the British Isles by the Romans, it was probably introduced around the early sixteenth century. Although Snowdrops are considered as a celebration of spring, they can sometimes bloom as early as January which in fact still is the midst of winter.
To download the February Image please visit the Islay Desktop Calendar 2010 page.