Just for a year I hasten to add! The snowdrops are coming to an end earlier than usual, due no doubt to the strange, warm weather we have had during Jan/Feb. The early “specials” were very early, then the wild ones flowered at almost their usual time and the “late” ones are all now flowering, early again. We usually have snowdrops flowering till the end of March, but this year they are going to be over a lot sooner.
I’m going to start with Wendy’s Gold, she is such a good snowdrop and is increasing so well.
This year she managed 18 flowers, a lot coming from 2 stalks from the same bulb, fantastic! She has finished now and has lots of seedpods forming, I wonder, should I try planting some of them? Yes, of course I should!
This one was new last year, so just one flower this year, I like the markings on this one.
Alison Hilary is another that is increasing well, it was new just a couple of years ago and is now sporting lots of flowers with lovely markings.
A tiny species snowdrop which is slowly increasing, this was my first species snowdrop which I planted many years ago.
Augustus is a good “doer”. Lovely wide leaves with a silver stripe, chubby flowers with the texture of seersucker material and flowers late on to extend the snowdrop season. I can see that I’m going to have to go round with a wet sponge and clean all my name tags, they have all been splashed by the rain over the winter!
I’m still searching for the name of this one, it should be easy with its plicata leaves and strong green mark on the inner petals. I have spent an evening with all my snowdrop books trying to identify it, but no joy. There are plenty similar, but nothing exactly the same, any help would be greatly appreciated!
This is another that was new last year, but it has 3 flowers already, which looks promising for the future.
This one has green tips to the outer petals. G. Viridapice took a long time to start increasing, but since it gets a mulch of leaf mould each winter, it seems a lot happier.
Wareham is on the opposite side of the path to G. Augustus, they look a bit similar, but the markings on the inner petals are different.
Not really, this one usually flowers at the end of March so it’s not really late. This one is always the last one to flower for me, so I still have more snowdrop flowers to look forward to.
It seemed strange that the “specials” have all flowered earlier than usual, I’m presuming because of the weather, but the wild singles have reached their “peak” at their usual time of the 3rd weekend in February. Have you found the same in your garden?