Good Heavens to Murgatroyd!

I was (unusually) at a loose end earlier today, awaiting a delayed delivery, so decided to tackle one of my inside winter jobs, updating my snowdrop list and map. My kind and generous friend Anna of Green Tapestry had shared more of her snowdrops with me over the summer, when she split some of her dormant bulbs. I had potted them immediately but temporarily into little pots and they had been sitting in the greenhouse minding their own business since then, just having an occasional drink (hic!). Not having pencilled the additions onto my 2017 list when they arrived, I nipped down to the greenhouse to remind myself, and … !!! You could have blown me down with the proverbial feather!

Not satisfied with this unanticipated excitement, I was checking where I had planted new in-the-green bulbs from way back in snowdrop season as I seemed to have missed one from my map, when Flash! Bang! Alacazam! (that’s a line from one of our newest barbershop numbers,’Orange Coloured Sky’, a great song to sing)

I knew Faringon Double (another gift from Anna, to replace a failed bulb of my own) was one of the earlier snowdrops, often appearing in December – but this is the second of November for heaven’s sake! Peter Gatehouse, I find, when I check one of my books, often flowers from mid November although I hadn’t picked up previously that he was an early visitor. The snowdrop excitement here and in many blogging friends’ gardens does not usually begin to build till late December at the earliest, except for those with autumn flowering varieties, and having found evidence of new shoots for a few other snowdrops when I was looking for my unmapped variety I can see me having a daily prod around my snowdrop border much earlier this season. There is still has plenty of leaf cover from geraniums,heuchera  nd hellebores though, so any prodding will be hindered until leaf fall (or leaf cut, in the case of hellebores).

A special thank you to Anna for helping to feed my appetite for the little white gorgeousnesses with her generous giving – sadly her collection is much bigger than mine so it is rare that I have any different snowdrops to offer her in return. And now I am off to deal with delayed delivery, those three new clematis I mentioned…

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23 Responses to Good Heavens to Murgatroyd!

  1. johnvic8 says:

    Isn’t it wonderful that we gardeners can get so excited over little things?
    I remember Nat King Cole version of Orange Colored Sky from high school days…oh, oh so long ago. I did barbershop a while back as well.

  2. Christina says:

    No comment at all is necessary really, your joy is obvious.

  3. Wow! Maybe I’m a bit late for planting my snowdrops!

    • Cathy says:

      No, these are ‘species’ ones which often do flower earlier than the native ones so you will be fine still planting yours, but do get them in soon. My native ones are in the woodland edge border, to keep them separate form my specials

  4. Cathy is wonderful. No wonder you’re so happy with the beauty of the bells. Greetings from Margarita.

  5. croftgarden says:

    Goodness me, is the annual outbreak of Galanthophile mania getting earlier or am did I miss Christmas? 😕

  6. Anna says:

    Now who is Murgatroyd? The name sounds familiar but you will have to remind me Cathy 🙂 I’m not surprised that your Peter is up and about as he is an early riser. Mine who is in a pot outside has been in flower for a couple of weeks or so. It’s a pleasure to spread my snowdrops around as I know where to come in the future if I have any casualties. You have given me some lovely precious gifts too over the last few years. Now what’s this about three new clematis? I’m obviously behind with the news so will have to return later for a catch up.

    • Cathy says:

      I will know next year to look out for Peter early, Anna – it was a real shock, but a very pleasant one of course 🙂 I had to google to check the phrase, Anna – it’s attributed to Snagglepuss who popped up with Yogi Bear in the 60s as we had no television in those days it must be around in ‘common’ parlance I suppose 😉 Now, the three new clematis are for the replaced pergola and will be joined by 2 new roses when David Austin obliges, all replacing the elderly previous occupants of the structure

      • Anna says:

        I’ve just had to google to see a rather vividly pink Snaggelpuss in the flesh as it were 🙂 He must have bypassed me as a child, as we didn’t have a television until sometime after 1963 and then just BBC until the early 70s. Hope that your roses arrive soon whilst the soil is still pleasantly warm.

        • Cathy says:

          Looks like a cross between Top Cat and the Pink Panther somehow! Ours came in 66 for the World Cup! Roses in the post, so hopefully they will come today and I can get them in later

  7. Chloris says:

    Now that is early. I must go and check mine. G. Reginae-olgae has been blooming since October, that is the one that starts off my season. And then comes lovely G. Barnes.

    • Cathy says:

      Doesn’t seem long since our last snowdrop season now, does it, Chloris? And who needs to fear winter when we have snowdrops to look forward to?!

  8. FlowerAlley says:

    I love flower surprises.

  9. How amazing, so early. Perhaps we can skip Winter and go straight to Spring.

  10. SpruceKnob says:

    I never imagined snowdrops in December, let alone November! Here in Vermont, it’s a thrill when they finally come up, through the snow, of course, in March or April.

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