I have been posting photos of the snowdrops in my garden since Boxing Day but now is the time when the majority of the snowdrops are flowering especially the Galanthus nivalis and Galanthus nivalis ‘Flora Plenowhich are slowly but surely spreading through the borders.

Many of my special snowdrops have gone over but there is now a second wave coming through which I haven’t always appreciated due to them being amongst the Galanthus nivalis.  This one is Galanthus ‘James Backhouse’ which I think has a nice elegant slender flower.

For those who question if there is any difference between snowdrops, this is Galanthus nivalis ‘Flora Pleno’.  A gift from my friend Victoria from her garden.  It isn’t that unusual, and is definitely established in the Big Border, but it is rather gorgeous.

Amongst the Galanthus nivalis ‘Flora Pleno’ is this clump which is taller and more elegant.  It may well be a standard Galanthus nivalis – I have no idea and I don’t remember planting anything particularly special in this spot.

 Now even the most cynical of the galanthophobia cannot fail to see how this snowdrop is different. This is Galanthus plicatus ‘Wendy’s Gold’ the gold reflecting the yellow markings.

This snowdrop is a real mystery.  It was given to me by a friend of a friend, who also gave me Wendy’s Gold,  who couldn’t remember its name but told me it was a big snowdrop.  I assumed he meant tall but it is now clear that the ‘big’ refers to the size of the flowers which are huge compared to my other snowdrop flowers.

If any one knows, or has a clue, what this snowdrop might be I would love to know.

So those are some of my snowdrops, I hope you enjoyed them. Next will be the narcissus.




17 Comments Add yours

  1. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    wow ! you have quite a collection there !

  2. So beautiful! I love the delicate blooms.

  3. Ilze says:

    Snowdrops!? Nice!

  4. tonytomeo says:

    Gads! I am almost waiting for the season to end. Everyone gets to brag, but I only have leucojums. (Yes, I bragged about them already.)

  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Snowdrops are not such a ‘thing’ over here. I only have one kind. I have no idea which one it is, and it grows rapidly into very large clumps. But I can understand how, after a cold and damp winter, it would be such a joy to,see them appear.

  6. It is surprising, isn’t it, how wide the variety can be! I’ve only ever seen the simple snowdrops before, the huge one and the very ornate one a both new to me…

  7. Cortney says:

    Oh, I have so much envy for those of you with flowers blooming already! We are still under snow so my spring flowers are still good and dormant. Thank you for sharing your beautiful collection!

  8. Didn’t know there were so many types. Inspired me – perhaps I need to get more too!

  9. Lovely varieties! I will be heading into Snowdrop territory next and can’t wait to have some of my own hopefully blooming for me this time next year!

  10. Chloris says:

    Snowdrops really keep us going in February don’t they? Could your mystery snowdrop be Bill Bishop? He is quite short with very big flowers.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Interesting, I will check out Bill Bishop and see if he is indeed the mystery snowdrop. I would be quite pleased if he was as I do like flowers with people’s names

  11. Lovely photographs, and really beautiful flowers! I love your border planting – don’t they look wonderful already!!

  12. I wonder whether the larger one is ‘Atkinsii’? Known for being larger than average at approx. 25cm.

  13. Anna says:

    Oh your snowdrops have clumped up well over the years Helen. Is that a yellow hellebore in the top photo? I think that Chloris has come up with an excellent suggestion for your mystery ‘drop. I’m fairly sure that I have ‘Bill Bishop’. Will try to remember to check tomorrow.

  14. Cathy says:

    Glad you are enjoying all your snowdrops, Helen – I remember when you were dubious about bothering with any of the ‘specials’… 😉

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      I know but my specials arent really specials – they are entry stage specials!

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