In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- We may see fewer daffodils, bluebells, snowdrops and crocuses, because they like winter cold; and tulips, irises and cyclamens, because they will suffer from winter wet.
- In our front garden I've planted snowdrops in among a drift of black grass so that, for a few weeks each spring, the white flowers of the snowdrops will be an attractive contrast to the black leaves of the grass.
- Crocuses, snowdrops and early-flowering narcissi are especially suitable for planting in grass; they flower early in the year before the first mowing of the grass.
- Apart from a pale yellow primula, snowdrops are the only flowers in the front garden but despite this there is plenty of other interest.
- The hoop petticoat narcissus, snowdrops, scillas, and crocus are perhaps the most delightful subjects for the purpose.
- The signs of spring have been in evidence in the last week, with blossom, daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses brightening up Swindon after the winter gloom.
- Many, such as snowdrops, crocuses, and early rock garden narcissi are supposed to come up in very early spring, even peeking through the snow.
- From the first nodding snowdrops to the last bright tulips, spring bulb flowers proclaim the end of winter and bring back color to the landscape.
- Daffodils, wild hyacinths and tulips, snowdrops, bluebells, daisies and buttercups littered the earth.
- Victims of this form of offence have tended to be the more charismatic species such as bluebells, orchids, snowdrops and water lilies, yet some lichens and mosses have also suffered.
- On the way home we passed through a universe of early spring flowers - snowdrops and daffodils for the most part.
- The daffodils are up but haven't decided to open their heads yet but there are plenty of snowdrops and crocus in flower.
- And like snowdrops, crocuses will multiply each year, especially if they are planted in the very well-drained soil they prefer.
- The gardens are bounded by rhododendrons as well as azaleas, while in the woodlands there are snowdrops, bluebells, daffodils and narcissi.
- It tolerates a lot of shade and is beautiful when planted together with Winter aconite and snowdrops.
- Very early spring is one of the best times to visit the garden - not only are the snowdrops and cyclamen flowering, but the foliage of certain conifers is more golden than at other times of year.
- The children, as well as planting trees, also planted more than 150 bluebell bulbs and, had the weather been better, they could have planted snowdrops and daffodils too.
- At present, the Rock and Woodland Gardens are home to clusters of bright white snowdrops, while early flowering varieties of crocus and daffodil are just beginning to line the Princess and Broad walks.
- The signs of early spring are all around, with plants such as snowdrops and crocuses making their appearance as normal.
- Flowers are blooming weeks earlier than usual with Castle Howard boasting daffodils, snowdrops, rhododendrons, azaleas and crocuses.
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