Despite the cold and damp weather of late, early signs of spring are appearing at The Argory in Moy and Springhill in Moneymore.
The mild winter has spurred the annual snowdrops to pop up a little earlier than usual; their white nodding heads peeping through, bringing with them a breath of fresh air and a sign that spring is on its way.
Both National Trust places will be open throughout weekends in February, giving visitors the opportunity to experience these beautiful little flowers and to see the carpets of snowdrops that line the many walks around the estates each year.
The small, white, bell-shaped flowers are always a welcome sight as winter draws to a close. Snowdrops, also known as Galanthus nivalis, are brave little flowers and the colder the weather, the longer they will last, with some flowering into March.
Not only are the snowdrops brave enough to cope with whatever the weather throws at them, they are also the masters of subtlety. Their blue-grey spears have perforated the damp earth and their shoots have expanded, releasing their delicate, dangling green and white bells.
Come and meet these intrepid little flowers and enjoy an invigorating walk around The Argory and Springhill. Treat yourself to a hot drink in Springhill’s Servants’ Hall Tea Room or the Courtyard Coffee Shop at The Argory; snug, warm and full of home baked produce.
Don’t miss the opportunity to pick up some essential reads in Blackwater Books, The Argory’s second hand bookshop and choose from a range of local crafts, books, cards and many other items in the gift shop. Springhill’s Visitor Centre will be open, enabling visitors to discover all there is to see and do at Springhill as well as relax with a cup of coffee from our refreshment area and browse the fantastic new range of products on offer in the shop.
For those who would like to have their very own snowdrop display at home, plants will be available to buy at both places.
The Argory and Springhill will be open every Saturday and Sunday in February from 12 – 5pm.
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