Not the soft, wet white stuff, which we have barely seen this winter, but some other seasonal drops, pretty and distinctive in their own individual ways, like Galanthus ‘Maidwell L’ above and ‘Cowhouse Green’ below. Maidwell L was one of the very first named snowdrops I purchased back in 2005, although sadly this isn’t one of the originals . She seems to be growing strongly now, thankfully, as is Cowhouse Green which has successfully seeded and is clumping up very nicely (albeit arriving in 2014) – perhaps I should look out for some interesting crosses…?
‘John Long’ (below) has been here for only three years but quickly made a striking specimen with relatively large flowers and distinctive marks, quickly becoming one of many favourites:
I have always had a fondness for quirky and wayward varieties, and one of these is ‘Starling’:
Another recent good-doer, having proved herself over her three years here, is ‘Rosemary Burnham’, with her green flushed outer petals and almost wholly green inners – a very pretty snowdrop:
And finally, the sixth contribution today for Jon the Propagator’s popular Saturday meme, is my only ‘yellow’ snowdrop, Galanthus sandersii. I have lost a clump of ‘Wendy’s Gold’ in the past and several replacements, plus more than one ‘Madeleine’, but thankfully this more ‘ordinary’ (as if!) variety seems to be happy enough here. One of our visitors last Sunday said that Wendy’s Gold had spread rapidly in her garden – around the base of a tree I think she said, so perhaps conditions were not quite right here. It will be interesting to see what happens to my specials when I move them en masse to the woodland in the next few weeks…nearly 12 months of keeping my fingers crossed…?!