Snowdrops show their faces early, says RHS

Joseph Bulmer

RHS Garden Rosemoor in Torrington already covered with the traditional winter white flowers.

CARPETS of snowdrops have defied the recent cold snap and covered a well known Torrington garden three weeks earlier than expected.

The shy white flowers show spring is coming earlier than expected to RHS Garden Rosemoor and other gardens, according to the Royal Horticultural Society.

The RHS says late-winter flowering bulbs such as snowdrops need a period of cold to flower, which occurred before Christmas, followed by mild weather which causes them to put up a flower spike and bloom. If the weather changes, the bulbs will simply sit and wait until it warms up.