I thought I would share some of my fair maids today, starting with ‘Rosemary Burnham’ above, and ‘Trumps’ below. Trumps, with his distinctive and broad spreading outer segments has been a particularly good do-er, bulking up nicely.
‘Starling’ is a delightfully quirky snowdrop, with a mind of its own:
‘Snow Fox’ has very distinctive inner markings…
…whilst the inner segments of ‘Washfied Colesbourne’ are tube-like and an almost solid green:
Finally, confirming that ‘yellow’ snowdrops are not actually yellow, is Galanthus nivalis ‘Sandersii’ with its yellow ovaries, (usually) yellow inner markings and bright green scapes and spathes but perfectly ordinary white outer segments:
There may well be thousands of named snowdrops and some of the differences between them may only be subtle, but this post celebrates some of the real differences that lead galanthopiles down the slippery path of building up a collection…sometimes I think it would have been wiser to stick solely with the gradually spreading carpet of ‘native’ varieties that grace my woodland edge border and save myself the disappointments and expenditure that go hand in hand with collecting named varieties!
As usual, I am linking this Saturday post with that of Jon The Propagator who hosts this meme, so do check out his blog too.