Sunshine Came Softly Through My Window Today….

…. and warmed the cockles of my snowdrops’ hearts:

sunshinecamesoftlyTop, left to right: Galanthus Atkinsii, Jaquenetta and elwesii ZP1
Middle: Cornwood Gem, Maidwell L, Blewberry Tart
Bottom: Imbolc, Pusey Green Tip, Ophelia

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 G. George Elwes 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?!

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14 Responses to Sunshine Came Softly Through My Window Today….

  1. Chloris says:

    My Augustus isn’t out yet. He is quite unmistakeable with his typical plicatus leaves and chubby dimpled flowers. I don’t know Chedworth.
    You’ve done another lovely collage. I must try it. Did you use the Google collage maker? If so did you have any virus problems?

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Chloris – I knew Augustus had dimpled flowers which is how I thought I had re-identified it previously, but perhaps some labels were muddled after that as this one definitely isn’t dimpled and the markings are wrong. Hey ho! The collage is done using Pic Monkey – there are various free templates you can use (and some that would have to pay for) – I find it especially useful for square (up to 5×5) collages and the pairs/trios etc again up to 5. I have been using it for well over a year and have had no virus problem (unlike Fotor which was a nightmare to get rid of) – you don’t actually download it, just use it as and when. Try it and see.

  2. Annette says:

    I’m also suprised about that as the leaves of some have shown for ages and still no flower. They definitely take their time! My favourites of those shown arem atkinsii for its pureness and elegance and Maidwell L for looking so cheeky. Cathy, I was excited to see my Crocuses open up the same day I wrote to you saying they were still closed. Such a delight, and this evening I spotted some cyclamen flowers – life is good 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Ah, isn’t it good to enjoy the simple things in life…. 🙂 I checked my crocuses today and there was a little more than just a sliver, but we are due rain tomorrow so they are back on hold I expect. Lovely for you to see yours fully out 🙂

  3. Julie says:

    Lovely pictures of your snowdrops Cathy! I have my copy of Freda Cox now so hope to study my snowdrops as they start to flower. After the iris question I might be doing a guess the snowdrop post next week!

    Did you know that you can make a collage in wordpress? If you go to your media library, click create gallery, choose your pictures & then click Create a New Gallery it will give you options about how the gallery should look. I have not used this feature myself yet – I only read about this last week. I have used Picmonkey quite a bit and really like it, but the WordPress option may be even quicker.

    • Cathy says:

      Hope you are pleased with your new book, Julie! I will look into the WordPress gallery option – I started looking elsewhere for my photos because I was going through a period when WordPress photo editing wasn’t playing ball for some reason!

  4. Anna says:

    Oh there’s certainly been some serious movement in the snowdrop department this week Cathy.
    As you said from appearance of bud to fully open flower takes a while sometimes almost an eternity so it seems 🙂 I’m convinced that it’s a bit like waiting for the kettle to boil – the more you look the longer it takes. As Chloris says ‘Augustus’ is quite distinct so I wonder what your bulb is. What a shame about George which was new to me last year but who I’ve already grown most fond of.

    • Cathy says:

      George was new to me last year too and I wrote on this blog when he arrived that I thought he would become a favourite – perhaps next year (when I am sure he will have bulked up regardless of his being set upon this year)… 😉

  5. Pauline says:

    My Augustus is up, but the flowers haven’t opened up yet, the sunshine the other day made such a difference didn’t it Cathy. You have a lovely selection of snowdrops there but such a shame that a few are getting eaten by something. We are being battered by wind and torrential rain today, I’m staying in where it’s nice and warm, the snowdrops will just have to hunker down until it all passes!

    • Cathy says:

      So sorry about your awful weather on Monday, Pauline – what effect did it have in your immediate area? Hope it has not been as bad today for you, but I fear it has – we had wind last night (Mon) too, which I will write about tomorrow, but certainly not extreme. There really is only minor damage to snowdrops and only on about 3 actual flowers – George Elwes just came off worst because he is still only a slip of a thing, being new last year.

  6. Oh you do make me smile Cathy, the thought of you almost crawling around your garden, book in hand, identifying you snowdrops! I hope the ones not blooming this year will surprise and delight you next year.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Janet – and I have every confidence that they will. It might not sound like it but I have learned to be a little patient with them and allow the new ones a couple of years to settle down 😉

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