Before the snow dumped onto my garden I was enjoying the sight of snowdrops and some ivy that was starting to look a bit more perky. Snowdrops are a must in a northern garden as they pop out of the ground even before the crocuses, sometimes appearing in February. Mine certainly did this year, and they are proof that winter is really on the way out. Even with a major snowfall like we got yesterday, they will remain untouched and still be blooming when the snow melts. Tough and pretty, these garden stalwarts. Every garden should have them.