…. and warmed the cockles of my snowdrops’ hearts:
It still surprises me how long it takes from the appearance of a bud to full opening of the flower, but a little bit of warmth and sunshine makes such a difference – even so, most of these are still not there yet. I have resigned myself to the fact that there are some that will not flower this year – Faringdon Double, Wendy’s Gold, Dionysus, Florence Baker – but they are alive and producing leaves which is a positive sign. There are buds slowly developing on all the others that haven’t been featured yet, so it is providing a valuable reminder of which are classed as early, mid season or late flowering. There have only been minor incidents of nobbling by unknown creatures – the most obvious being George Elwes who must have been ‘got at’ in an early stage of growth as both flower and leaves are affected.
Freda Cox’s book, ‘a Gardener’s Guide to Snowdrops’, is proving invaluable for checking identification with her thorough descriptions of leaves, inner and outer perianth shape, markings, height and flowering season. As my ‘unknowns’ have begun opening it has enabled me to positively identify them, and is now casting doubt on another lost-label snowdrop that a name had been attached to two years ago – from the inner perianth markings it is clear that it cannot be Augustus as I once thought. My snowdrop detective hat is at the ready once more, but first thoughts are that it may be the Chedworth that was missing, presumed a goner. Where then, is Augustus?!