Some experts believe that snowdrops are native to Britain, others that they were introduced from warmer sites in continental Europe. Either way, they have long been seen by the Catholic Church as symbols of purity, and in particular as the emblem of Candlemas, the feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary. Their religious significance has left many monastic ruins surrounded by huge drifts.
It is strange, but perhaps also comforting, to reflect that the very plants now blooming will still be a transient glory of the spring when everyone who reads this newspaper today is long dead and gone.
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