Six on Saturday: Some of the White Stuff

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…?!

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22 Responses to Six on Saturday: Some of the White Stuff

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    Before joining the #SixonSatuurday meme, I never considered all the varieties of Snowdrops.

  2. Pauline says:

    And there was me thinking you had had snow! Lovely snowdrops with super markings, love the markings on John Long, he seems to be a fine fellow!

    • Cathy says:

      That was the idea, Pauline! It wasn’t very bright when I went out to take photos yesterday and some varieties still hadn’t opened, but these are all stars anyway – and John Long is definitely up there with the best of them! I don’t think he shone like this last year 😉

  3. Noelle says:

    Here are some lovely snowdrops, and the last one the ‘easier’ yellow snowdrops was one of the ones I brought back from my Galanthus Study Day. You and Anna are responsible for my increased interest!

  4. Anna says:

    Great to see six of your your specials Cathy 😀 ‘Cowhouse Green’ and ‘Rosemary Burnham’ are in my top ten. Wendy has been very slow to increase in my garden so I will be interested to find out how newest yellow arrival clumps up. I will also be keeping my fingers crossed tightly for your snowdrops when you perform that transplant operation. You will certainly be on tenterhooks next winter waiting for them to come through.

  5. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I think I will stick with my self – sown natives. Galanthophilia seems to be catching and chronic! They are beautiful though.

  6. bittster says:

    An excellent selection of six, they look great! Starling is quite interesting, and I’m not usually one for doubles.

  7. Oh, I might try to buy some Galanthus sandersii, ‘cos I am not having much luck with Wendy’s Gold either. 😦

  8. tonytomeo says:

    Well, I do like white. I should see if the snowflake are blooming. They should bloom in spring, but can bloom whenever they want to.

  9. Cathy says:

    Pretty! So if the snowdrops are all being moved, I wonder what will be planted in the snowdrop bed…. 😉 That is very brave of you to move all of them. Good luck!

    • Cathy says:

      That’s why I experimented with about half a dozen varieties last year – and I am realising that conditions are probably better for them in the woodland…and they won’t be at risk of cats scuffing them out! Hmm, I wonder what will be planted there too!! It’s a big border, so will take a lot of thought, especially as itdoesn’t get a lot of sun. There will be annuals in for the summer, as there was last year, but I need to monitor the amount of sun as the season goes on as I would like permanent planting there

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