ST9929 : Snowdrops in the churchyard, Fovant

taken 7 years ago, near to Sutton Mandeville, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Snowdrops in the churchyard, Fovant
Snowdrops in the churchyard, Fovant
Early snowdrops growing in the churchyard of St George's Church.

In sheltered places in south-west England the snowdrop begins to flower at Christmas, and in other parts it is welcomed as one of the first signs of spring, flowering from January to March and are they symbolise purity and the cleansing of the earth after winter. The common names for the flowers are Fair Maid of February, Bulbous Violet, Emblem of Early Spring, Maids of February, Candlemas Bells' and Mary's Tapers.

The drooping, bell-shaped flowers have six segments - three white ones outside the flower and three tipped with a bright spot inside it.

It is doubtful whether the snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) is a native of Britain. It was probably introduced in medieval times from central Europe and it is rare in Ireland.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 11 January, 2012   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 11 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Place (from Tags)
Fovant 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 9965 2954 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:3.9117N 2:0.3823W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 9965 2954
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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