For two weeks I’ve been waiting for them. They’re late, but, finally, here they are: the first snowdrops of the year. All it needed to expose them was to brush off last autumn’s leaves. I love their botanical name which is ‘Galanthos’, milk flower, from the Greek ‘gala’ (milk) and anthos (flower). Very soon now they will appear all over the garden and outside it too; I have been spreading the bulbs around for years. Their sweet, small, pure white bell shaped flowers gladden the heart and make me believe that spring must come.