In A Vase on Monday – Snowdrops


Finally the first snowdrops are flowering so I thought I would feature some in this week’s Monday vase, plus it means I get to enjoy them in the evening when I get home from work rather than only at weekends.

There are three varieties in the vase.  The two small ones at the front with the more yellow ovaries are Galanthus ‘Ding Dong’ which although it has been in flower for a good week is still late as it normally flowers around Christmas, hence the name. The two to the right of the photo and central are Galanthus ‘Mrs McNamara’, another early which again has been flowering for a few weeks.  This is one of the Galanthus whose name has eluded me until I spent some time tracking back through the blog and plant labels.  On my to do list this month is to make sure any special snowdrops without labels are indeed labelled.  The last snowdrop at the back on the left is Galanthus ‘Galatea’ which has an arching pedicel, thats the thin bit that connects the flower to the stem.  You can see that it’s flowers and Mrs McNamara are larger than Ding Dong.

The vase has been on this meme before, a flea market find, and the backdrop is a pashmina I have had for years.  For someone who doesn’t really wear scarves or pashmina I seem to have quite a few!

Thank you to Cathy for hosting this meme which I am really enjoying.


11 Comments Add yours

  1. patricia922 says:

    Lovely photo. How I am enjoying the snowdrops at the moment, too. Have spent quite a time listing the many specially named ones I have and I seem to have so many – every year I panic that I have lost this one or that one but eventually they all come through. One I am especially looking for this year is G. ‘Godfrey Owen’ which I bought last year but it hasn’t appeared yet. Fingers crossed! I now have a long list with positions of every one marked and share it around friends so that we can swop with each other if we have some to spare. It really helps us through the winter and await spring.
    Best wishes – really enjoy the blog but have not commented before and thought it about time!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Patricia
      Thank you for commenting. Many of my snowdrops have been generous gifts from friends. I am hoping that mine wil clump up enough soon that I can repay them.

  2. Brian Skeys says:

    The snowdrops look great with the leaves of the Arum, would make a good combination in the garden.

  3. I think anyone who loves texture and colour can end up with a huge collection of pashminas very easily – and yours make a great backdrop for you photography!

  4. Cathy says:

    I find it so hard to get good photographs of my snowdrops, I suppose because of the their sheer whiteness, but you have captured these beautifully. The colour and texture of the pahmina works really well as the backdrop. Thnaks for sharing – and good luck with your labelling task, defintely worthwhile especially if you are intending to expand your collection

    1. Cathy says:

      Pashmina, that was meant to say!

  5. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Very pretty – can’t really see the differences – except the shorter one. Must buy some bulbs this autumn

  6. Chloris says:

    How lovely to have snowdrops for a vase. They look beautiful. I just have Three Ships, Farringdon Double and Mrs. Macnamara in bloom. Last year at this time there were loads out. And the aconites are taking their time too.

  7. Living Soils says:

    Thanks for the snowdrop pictures. Did you grow all three varieties?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Bill
      Yes they grow in my garden

  8. Snowdrops are such precious harbingers of spring. I love them and miss seeing them and the changing seasons here, so thank you for sharing Helen 🙂

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