This post is for our daughter Rachael who says that she thinks a snowdrop is a snowdrop is a snowdrop and wonders why I would want to order any more as they are all the same. Sorry my dear, but I’m afraid I have to disagree, there are early ones, mid season ones and late ones, spreading their flowering over 3 or 4 months, more if you count the ones that flower in the autumn. Then there are the markings, so many different ones, some all white, some with all green inners, some with spots, some with green on the outer petals, some tall, some small and of course we mustn’t forget the yellow ones or the doubles! I’m hoping this post might change her mind and explain why I’m so keen to wander round the garden in the cold and wet of January and February!
Galanthus Little John, very tall for a snowdrop.
G. Mrs Macnamara flowering at last, she should have been out at Christmas.
Dainty little species G. gracilis with the twisty leaves.
G. Hobson’s Choice with an upside down heart.
G. Diggory with seersucker petals puffed up like a balloon.
G. woronowii. Another species which I love for its bright green leaves and the fact that it seeds about when the flower stalks lengthen after flowering. The seed case bends over and drops its seed away from the original clump and in a few years you have a new clump. I started with just one bulb and now have about 12 clumps. I must try growing a couple of seed cases in pots and see what happens.
These are some of the clumps of G. woronowii, spreading down the little slope.
Oh dear, I think a name change is needed, this is Galanthus Trumps! Love the markings though.
G Magnet has formed a really large clump, I must split them so that they have more room to develop.
Close up of Magnet showing the extra long pedicel, the bit that holds the flower.
G. Lapwing showing it’s very distinguished markings.
G. Wendy’s Gold showing her first flower. Her inner markings are gold too and last year each bulb put up 2 flowers.
I think this is double Galanthus. Ophelia. At one time I had quite a few of the double Shakespeare ladies, but one by one they have dwindled away. Not this one though she is still going strong.
G. Angelique with just 2 tiny dots of green.
G. Sprite with all green inner and green on the outer petals.
Very dainty G. St. Annes with two inner markings.
G. Anglesey Abbey, inner and outer petals are all white.
G. Wasp with its striped markings, and with a bit of imagination, looking like a swarm of wasps when fluttering in the wind!
The wild doubles are now flowering, soon, in a couple of weeks the wild singles will join them.
These are just a few of the snowdrops flowering at the moment, there are plenty more to come. Just a couple of degrees rise in temperature makes the snowdrops open their flowers and make the pollen available to the bees. Apparently bees fly at 10 C and above and snowdrops know to open their flowers when this temperature is reached, isn’t nature wonderful!
I have to admit that from a distance they do look similar,but only from a distance. Knowing they are all different makes sure that I venture out each day to see which new ones have opened overnight. Last year I bought one with the same name as our son in law, Jonathan, I’m sure you would like this one in your garden Rachael, when it has multiplied a bit!