Where to see snowdrops in Hampshire
PUBLISHED: 12:36 19 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 07 February 2018
These early months herald the arrival of some of our best-loved flowers, with clusters of tiny bright snowdrops, winter aconites and daffodils providing a heart-lifting experience.
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Swathes of snowdrop Golanthus nivalis cover the grassy lawns of this ancient priory, set on the famous River Test. Drifts of bright yellow winter aconites, and later, daffodils, produce a bright mass of colour underneath Mottisfont’s huge plane trees.
Mottisfont Abbey, Mottisfont, Romsey, SO51 0LP
One of the first sights to meet visitors in early spring is a pretty ribbon of pearly white colour from the snowdrop trails that wind their way from the estate’s car park to the Walled Garden. Further displays can be found in the Wild Garden, mingling with yellow-petalled winter aconites.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
Hinton’s previous owner, Ralph Dutton, designed the East Lawn of the garden around the tiny parish church in the grounds. He knew that, even in colder months, the congregation was likely to gather on the grass after the Sunday service, so he planted the lawn with fragrant winter flowers such as daphnes, which have a zingy lime scent and tiny pink flowers. The church border is hedged with sweet box Sarococcas, which fills the air with a heady honey scent. Snowdrops, winter aconites and crocuses inject bright darts of jewel-like colour.
Hinton Ampner, Bramdean, nr Alresford SO24 0LA