Top Ten for 23rd February 2020.

I was rather spoilt for choice when I went to take my photos for today’s post, did I photograph different families of plants or stick to one family, showing 10 different varieties? Having shown everything on the 15th of the month for GBBD, I decided to try and find 10 different snowdrops thatI don’t think I’ve shown you before.

Galanthus Galadriel.

G. Sentinel.

G. Alison Hilary.

All the snowdrops except G. Alison Hilary are quite new, just 2 or 3 years with me here. Alison Hilary is one of the first ones that I bought many years ago and has increased nicely.

G. Green Man.

G. Grumpy.

G. Baxendale’s Late, but not really, he is supposed to be the last of my snowdrops to flower.

G. Trymposter.

G. David Shackleton.

G. Fieldgate Forte.

G. Cotswold Beauty.

I’ll finish with a couple of long views.

The right hand end of the woodland looking very colourful at the moment, more yellow now than white.

The back garden border by the archway into the woodland. Narcissus February Gold holding centre stage. I can see quite a few clumps of snowdrops that are ready for splitting, to make a few more drifts.

I think the snowdrops are going to be over early this year. In spite of the diabolical weather that the UK has been having lately, it has been a few degrees warmer than usual, which has brought the snowdrops on a couple of weeks. The narcissus are already taking over from them and I can see that the snakeshead fritillaries won’t be far behind them!

Rusty pheasant on guard duty already because the flowers are forming. What looks like grass round the pheasant is the foliage with the buds nestled in the centre, it won’t be long now!

I was so glad that the Village Ladies from WI didn’t come for their usual week in February as that was when we were having our storms and it would have been very dangerous to go into the woodland with branches falling each day. They are coming on March 12th, so fingers crossed we won’t be covered in snow and we won’t have any more gales that week! Hopefully, instead of snowdrops,  the snakeshead fritillaries will be in full flower, I hope they like them as much as I do!

Thanks to Chloris for hosting this monthly meme at The Blooming Garden, please pay her a visit to see what else is flowering elsewhere.


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12 Responses to Top Ten for 23rd February 2020.

  1. I love your collection of snowdrops! I wonder how ‘Grumpy’ got his name, as he looks very pleasing to me. But I really like ‘Alison Hilary’ and her lime green petticoat. I only have two snowdrops…’Magnet,’ which is said to the be the best for our climate, and ‘Beth Chatto,’ which came to me by way of a friend in the industry. She is very beautiful and blooms for the longest time.

    • Pauline says:

      Lovely to hear from you again Marian. G. Magnet was one of the first snowdrops that I bought many years ago and has increased very well, it is now a very large clump. The markings on Grumpy look like a sad face, so I assume that is how he got his name!

  2. Denise says:

    ha ha, I just love Grumpy! David Shackleton and Fieldgate Forte are lovely, in fact, they are all lovely Pauline. You really are building a very fine collection. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for March 12th!

  3. Thank you for joining in and sharing some of your snowdrops and some springlike glimpses of your lovely garden. I have been missing your posts lately as WordPress seems to have dropped them, I’ve had to refollow you. I have a late flowering Galanthus plicatus with large flowers which grew in my previous garden. If you email me your address I will send you one. It makes a great show.

    • Pauline says:

      Elizabeth, that is such a kind offer, I really appreciate it and will certainly be in touch. I think February is such a wonderful month with all the beautiful spring bulbs popping up everywhere, they make up for all the awful weather!

  4. snowbird says:

    Just loved all those snowdrops. Mine are going over now too, they were early this year. I do hope you have good weather on the 12th of

    • Pauline says:

      Glad you like them Dina, they keep me happy for about 3 months! I have everything crossed for March 12th so that we have some better weather! x

  5. Caro says:

    What a fabulous collection of snowdrops you have! I have a few ordinary snowdrops which I love but I fear I’ve got the bug now having been to a snowdrop sale at the home of E A Bowles (an easy half hour drive from me) and then down to Hever Castle in Kent to hear Val Bourne talk about snowdrops. My collection has now increased with G.’Comet’ and G. ‘Diggory’ – but I almost bought ‘Grumpy’ at the sale, such a wonderful name! They do seem to be fading quickly this year and I’ve got small tulips in flower! Crikey, what is it with British seasons!?

    • Pauline says:

      I am so envious of you being able to hear Val Bourne talk about snowdrops Caro! I have been busy splitting my wild ones, making more drifts where there are spaces in the little woodland. I think once you start collecting a few specials, then you are hooked for life, there is no hope for you now, welcome to the club!

  6. Anna says:

    Oh I’m so pleased that I read this post Pauline as I’ve been able to identify one of my lost label snowdrops as ‘Fieldgate Forte’ 😂 You have some beauties there.

    • Pauline says:

      Glad to have been of help Anna! Where do all our labels go, is it the birds that take them away, I have quite a few now without labels and am struggling to identify them!

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