Chionodoxa luciliae really is a “Glory of the snow”: one of the earliest of the small (6″) hardy spring bulbs that signal the welcome end of a long Canadian winter!

Chionodoxa luciliae - Glory-of-the-snowThis clump of Chionodoxa self-seeded itself from others that live under the lilac shrubs near my back door, among the other small early bulbs — scilla (a.k.a. Siberian squill) and “Tete-a-Tete” miniature daffodils — that bring colour to the garden even before the lawn starts to get green. The flowers’ name is well chosen. If we get a late spring snowfall (which has been known to happen in May around here) the bright blue-and-white stars of Glory-of-the-snow will keep shining through.

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