The first wave of early snowdrops are now finished and the second wave is taking over. There have been problems with all the frost that we have had in the past week or 10 days, the hybrids just collapse onto the soil and only right themselves when the temperatures rise. The flowers only open when the sun is shining and sun has been in short supply recently, mostly very grey days with the clouds moving away at night time to let the frost in! In spite of all this the snowdrops have put on a good display in the little woodland strip.
Fairly new so it hasn’t multiplied yet, is Cornwood.
A very neat double with distinctive markings is Jaquenetta.
Jaquenetta from underneath, very neat.
This one has green markings on the outer petals and is slowly increasing, name of Viridapice.
One that increases nicely is Cedric’s Prolific. Named by Beth Chatto after her friend Cedric Morris when she found that it was a special snowdrop.
This time we are looking at the leaves and how they are formed. This one is Galanthus plicatus, plicatus meaning pleated, as that is how the leaves are round the stem where it comes through the soil.
George Elwes has just refused to open for me, no matter when the sun has been shining, you will have to take my word for it that it has lovely inner markings!
Some snowdrops don’t increase quickly, maybe they don’t like where I have put them. This one, Sally Passmore, has been with me for at least 10 yrs, maybe I ought to try her somewhere else as she obviously isn’t very happy.
One that is almost pure white is Anglesey Abbey, with just 2 very tiny green dots.
One that always clumps up nicely is S. Arnott, good for splitting for open days and selling for charity.
Another where we are not really looking at the flower. This is Sharlockii which was originally found in Germany and is different in that it has a divided spathe, the bit that wraps around the flower as it is pushing through the soil. In Scharlockii, it looks like 2 ears, other snowdrops just have one.
I thought this one was Sickle, but looking at the photo, now I’m not so sure. Sickle has a curly end to the spathe, like a sickle!, but these don’t seem to be very curly, more homework needed!
Wendy’s gold needs a bit more sunshine to make her open up properly. On the flower, where other snowdrops are green, she is yellow, including the inner petals, lovely snowdrop.
Bringing up the rear is Baxendales Late, not late really, because this one usually flowers in April, I think this year it might be sometime in March. It might be late flowering, but it is increasing nicely.
The snowdrops are making the woodland strip look very pretty at the moment, along with all the shady borders in the garden. Other bulbs are starting to open and add their different colours amongst the white that is forming a carpet with the leaves from last autumn. This second wave of snowdrops is joined by hellebores, winter aconites, crocus, cardamine pratensis and corydalis, how can a winter garden be thought boring!!