The garden and I are still waiting patiently for the snowdrop specials to open up – several of them are in bud but none have yet braved the January weather to do so despite days of above average temperatures. ‘Ophelia’, one of the Greatorex doubles bred by Heyrick A Greatorex in the middle of last century, always fascinates me with those fat buds just waiting to open and reveal their frilly underwear. Greatorex crossed Galanthus nivalis ‘Floro Pleno’, a double form of the ‘common’ snowdrop, with Galanthus plicatus to produce a number of new varieties to which he gave the names of female characters from Shakespeare or other classical names. I also have (had) Dionysus and Hyppolyta but both have failed to thrive, more’s the pity.
Anyone who reads the comments left on my blog might have noticed one from Helen at Hodsock Priory, inviting me to a media and bloggers day during their special celebrations at the priory which is well known for its snowdrop displays (which we visited last year) and which is celebrating 250 years of ownership by the Buchanan in 2015. I contacted Helen to find out more but have not heard back yet and would be interested to know which other bloggers have been invited as it would be an opportunity to meet.
I have already got other visits in mind for this year which will bring opportunities to meet up with blogging friends, but I am well aware that if there was some sort of convention or get-together for garden bloggers in the UK I would be interested in joining in. As far as I know, however, there isn’t – so I have decided to put out tentative feelers to see if anyone else would be interested. Any suggestions or comments would be helpful, whether such an event could be one day or two, what people might like to do if there were such an event (visits, speakers, etc) – just general thoughts in the first instance, either in a comment or email. I’m game if you are!