We are now past the peak of the snowdrop season. Most of the earlier specials have finished flowering, but they are now joined with the ones that flower a little later. Also joining in are the wild singles and doubles which are spreading beautifully all by themselves. For those who don’t share my enthusiasm for snowdrops, just click the delete button!
G. Alison Hilary, this one has suddenly multiplied ever so well.
G. Viridapice, this unfortunately doesn’t look happy where I have it, maybe it ought to be moved to somewhere better. This was the first one I had with green on the outer petals.
Dainty G. St. Anne’s showing her inner markings in the warmer weather.
I’ve never seen G. Diggory showing its inner markings so well before. The seersucker texture of the petals shows up well in the sunlight.
This was supposed to be a photo of yellow Spindlestone Surprise, but Trumps has muscled in at the front!
Sally Pasmore needs a bit of TLC I think, she hasn’t increased in 10 yrs.
Deer Slot, looking like a perfect hoofprint of a deer.
Wasp with Iris reticulata in the woodland.
G. Wareham which is a late flowering snowdrop, just opening now.
G. Green Man, this was new last year so I’m hoping that it will be happy in the woodland.
Wendy’s Gold is showing that she is happy again by putting up 2 flower stalks from nearly every bulb, good old Wendy!
G. George Elwes isn’t increasing as much as I would like, so I think another to be moved to the woodland.
I’ll finish with a few general views of the snowdrop borders.
Mainly wild doubles.
By the archway into the woodland.
G. woronowii spreading in front with wild singles at the back.
A wilding has seeded itself amongst the carpet of cyclamen hederifolium.
Snowdrop Hill, improving all the time as more flowers open.
Now that the wild singles and doubles have joined in, we can see sheets of white from the house, which tempt me out to have my daily fix on my wander round the more shady half the garden. There are still some late flowering snowdrops who have yet to put in an appearance, but by the time they flower, lots of other woodland bulbs will be joining in and they tend to get forgotten. Snowdrops certainly keep the gardeners interest going from Christmas or even earlier, until the rest of the spring bulbs take over. I certainly wouldn’t be without them as they flower when nothing else is and they tempt me out into the garden in the cold and wet when nothing else would.
I would think this will be my last Snowdrop post of the year, only 9 months to wait until it all starts over again. But already my eyes are turning to the snakeshead fritillary foliage which is growing day by day, buds are already forming, so it won’t be long before my posts are all about these beautiful flowers!