After a quick check in the woodland to see that all our trees were still standing after the last storm, we had just a few branches down, but thankfully no snowdrops had been squashed. The branches seem to have managed to put themselves between all the clumps of wild snowdrops and hadn’t landed any where near my “specials”. The sunshine that we had before the storm struck meant that all the snowdrops were standing tall and had opened up to show their different markings, just asking to be photographed. Starting in the front, Mrs McNamara is still going strong, she was so much bigger than the wild ones next to her, but now G. nivalis seem to have caught up and are now nearly as tall, Mrs McNamara is on the left.
I think all the rain that we’ve had has made all the snowdrops much larger than usual, in height as well as the size of the flowers.
G. Anglesey Abbey in a fly away mood. You can just make out two very tiny green dots on the inner petals. This photo doesn’t show the leaves, but they are a bright green, similar to G. woronowii.
This is a much better photo of G. Trumps than the one I posted a while ago, its in focus this time! Lovely distinguishing marks.
G. Sally Pasmore is in the back garden just by the archway into the woodland. Once again, the camera didn’t know where to focus, but the inner petals are nearly all green.
G. Robin Hood is next to Sally and has a lovely green cross on the inner petals. My header photo is of Robin Hood taken last year.
G. Blewbury Tart is a double snowdrop which I liked when I bought it, but now I’m afraid I have fallen out of love with it. Each time I see it, I think, why on earth did I buy it? It looks like a snowdrop with a bad hair day, I like them to look a bit more tidy! This is one variety which increases nicely.
Just across the bridge, into the woodland is G. viridapice with green tips to the outer petals. Quite a small snowdrop but it increases well.
On the right of the woodland path is G. Augustus, its claim to fame is the texture of the outer petals, like seersucker material that we used to buy many, many years ago, ladies of a certain age will know what I’m talking about!
Just across the path is G woronowii, famed for its lovely shiny dark green leaves. This is the only one that I have noticed seeding around…….
…..it is forming new clumps a good 6 inches away. From one bulb about 10 yrs ago, we now have about 6 new clumps, so yes, this one increases very well.
Nearby is G. Little John, large in stature and a large flower with its crossed sword pattern, increasing very well.
This was one of my first specials, G. Merlin, this hasn’t increased as well as others, but I still like its all green inner marking.
A close up of Merlin showing its dark green interior.
Tiny, dainty G. St. Annes with lovely inner markings, this one is bulking up nicely.
G. Atkinsii still flowering, getting taller and taller and the flowers seem huge, I’m putting it down to all our rain, they have never been this size before.
Next to Atkinsii is Magnet, another that has grown very tall and the flowers are much bigger this year. As this one increases so well, I think I will take some of them and put them amongst the red stemmed cornus in the front, they should look good together.
Another large one on the right of the woodland path is G. Tubby Merlin, also increasing well.
Just starting to flower is G. Cedic’s Prolific. This is the only one where I bought 3 bulbs, these are increasing well and could be spread around a bit more.
G. Lapwing is fast becoming one of my favourites, it always seems to be wide open, dancing in the breeze or gales! Lovely markings and only 2 yrs here so increasing well.
Next to Lapwing is G.Wendy’s Gold with each bulb now putting up a second flower, which is a bonus as I didn’t realise that she did that when I bought her.
Help needed for this one, label nowhere to be seen, I’m still searching my books to find this one. Fairly small, with green cross on the inner petals, it shouldn’t be too difficult – but so far it is!
I don’t think I need to say anything about G. Wasp, it says it all on the label!
Very long outer petals with a green dot belong to G. Modern Art, this is another tall variety with large flowers.
Next to Modern Art is G. Cornwood, another tall one which is increasing nicely. I don’t buy any that state that they are slow to increase or difficult to grow, or I try not to buy any that are similar to ones that I already have, doesn’t always work though!
G. Lady Beatrice Stanley, now well marked, so there shouldn’t be any doubt as to who she is! A pretty double with just 2 small green spots on the inner petals.
Back beside the house in a raised area is G.Angelique, on some of the flowers there is a thin green bridge mark, whereas on others there are just 2 dots. This one is doing very well where it is.
Every year I tell myself that I really don’t need any more varieties of snowdrop, and every year I give in to temptation! I bought 3 this time and at the moment I have potted them up and they are in the greenhouse waiting for a gap in the weather to plant them.This one is as you can see G. Mrs Thompson, quite often apparently she puts up 4, 5, or even 6 outer petals and if really happy, 2 flowers per stem.
I couldn’t resist the inner markings on G. Excelsis.
Last but by no means least is G.Diggory, with the same texture to the petals like Augustus, like seersucker material. I have been lusting after this one for years!
I have bought a whole lot of new black labels for my snowdrops. I’m hoping that these won’t go missing like the others. If I push them right in, the birds shouldn’t be able to pull them out and neither should we when we’re sweeping up the leaves in the autumn, that’s the idea anyway!
I think there ought to be a help line for people like me. A number I could call when the urge comes over me to buy more snowdrops, somebody on the other end to tell me “Don’t Buy Any More!” Any volunteers?