Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday Morning in Mary's Garden

Alabaster White SnowdropI am very excited to share with you my love of flowers, gardening and especially everything that I am learning about Mary Gardens. I mentioned last week, that I want to feature a Marian flower once a week in a special blog post. I am excited to begin this journey with you. Please feel free to request a flower that you would like me to feature.

In choosing this week's flower, I considered the fact that Canadians are celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday (May 24, 1819) this first long weekend of the season. It wasn't that difficult in finding flowers that connect the two Queens. Queen Victoria had beautiful gardens. But I chose this particular flower, the snowdrop, because it is one of the flowers that Queen Victoria carried in her wedding bouquet. It was said to have been Prince Albert's favorite flower.

The snowdrop (galanthus nivalus) is also known as the purification flower. These flowers are said to have bloomed when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to be presented at the Temple.  Still today they are used on Candlemas, (February 2nd) on the Feast of the Presentation at the Temple. Their symbolic name is Mary's bells and represent her purity and innocence. The traditional Catholic calendar refers also on Candlemas as the Purification of the Virgin. Mary was purified according to Jewish customs on Candelmas according to the Law of Moses. She did not need to be purified since she was conceived without sin and remained sinless and a virgin. Isn't it beautiful that these symbolic flowers would bloom that day.

Growing snowdrops is fairly easy. You plant them as bulbs in the fall and they are one of the earliest flowers to bloom in spring. They can grow to be about 15cm tall. They prefer full sun and a rich soil that has been fed with compost. From what I have read, you should plant them in small groupings and not individual bulbs. Make sure that they are not being crowded by other plants' leaves or roots because they will fail to flower. They are hardy and can be grown in zones 2 to 9, but do best in zones 2 to 4 making them perfect for the Canadian garden.

Mary Queen of the Flowers,
Pray for us.

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