The last of my snowdrops has just started to flower and will continue for another month. The original ones that started in the New Year are now over but plenty are still flowering. The late ones which have been flowering for a couple of weeks now start with Galanthus Wareham. A silver stripe is prominent down the centre of the pleated leaves.
Forming a lovely clump now is G.Samuel Arnott, a really good “doer”. It increases well and is quite tall. I have already put some of them into the front garden with the red stemmed Cornus, but I think I can spare more now, so soon I will take more for the front and spread them around.
Another snowdrop that has wide silver striped leaves is the species G. plicatus. The leaves are also pleated where they emerge from the ground. This one is taking its time to increase, but its getting there.
Another species, Galanthus scharlockii which has a split spathe ( the part where the flowers dangle from ) which is said to resemble donkey’s ears! It takes a bit of imagination but I think I can see what they mean.
Yet another species, Galanthus caucasicus. I’m beginning to think that most of my species are later flowering than most of the hybrids. This is a lovely dainty snowdrop and is increasing very well.
Always the last clump to start flowering is aptly named, Galanthus Baxendale’s Late, this should be flowering for another month.
Not a snowdrop, but Leucojum aestivum, the summer snowflake. This is very tall here in our moist soil, growing to almost 2ft. This is very late this year, last year it was flowering in January, or maybe it was very early last year!
Two clumps have come up “blind” this year, G. Sickle……
and G Jaquenatta, maybe they need dividing so that they will flower next year, I’ll put them on the “to do” list.
And now something which has nothing to do with snowdrops. Around September time when we were collecting all the Bramley apples from the tree at the top of the garden, I suddenly noticed that the ring that I usually wear on my little finger on my right hand was missing. It doesn’t have a fantastic financial value but was given to me by my husband about 50 yrs ago, so lots of sentimental value. We searched and searched where we had been, but no joy. Eventually I gave up, thinking that maybe I would find it once I was gardening up in that area again. Fast forward to last week when a friend and I were having a cup of coffee just outside the back door……
…….we were by a square in the paving that had been removed long ago and replaced with cobbles, for a bit of textural interest, when all of a sudden, he pounced on something between the cobbles. I couldn’t believe it, it was my ring, covered in mud, it had been under water for the last 3 months! But what was it doing there, it must have come off when I was hanging the washing out.
After a thorough cleaning it is now back where it should be!! The moral of this tale is – remove all jewellery before going in the garden!