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Whilst we are still in the midst of Winter, the first signs that Spring is just round the corner comes from the Snowdrops which are beginning to put on a show.  I have a number of named varieties which flower ahead of the normal Galanthus nivalis.   Above is Galanthus ‘Ding Dong’, named by Avon Bulbs as a nod to the marketing jingle of the Cosmetic company Avon.. Next to it is Galanthus… Read More

I’ve been slowly adding special snowdrops to the garden for a number of years now.  Nothing very unusual but each year I have bought 2 or 3 special bulbs and planted them out in the garden.  So it is thrilling to see them bulking up now and reappearing year after year even if the labels which I know I put with them aren’t so reliable.  Galanthus ‘Ding Dong’ is usually one of… Read More

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… Read More

I was thrilled to see that the sunshine has encouraged Galanthus ‘Ding Dong’ to open its flowers.  These are the first snowdrops to flower this year in the garden.  I bought the bulbs last year at the AGS Snowdrop Conference and planted them out in the border.  It was a bit of a risk given they weren’t cheap but I have been told by quite a few snowdrop growers that they don’t… Read More

This is the fourth year I have done a flower count on Boxing Day.  I had noticed when weeding on Christmas Eve that there seemed to be quite a few flowers around presumably due to the recent mild weather, so it will be interesting to see how things compare. I am particularly thrilled that Iris unguicularis ‘Walter Butt’ is in flower.  Last year it flowered at the start of December and although… Read More

This weekend has been excellent from a horticultural perspective.  Saturday was spent at the AGS Snowdrop Conference in Stratford which I shall probably bore you about later in the week.  Needless to say I came away with some new purchases: Galanthus ‘Selborne Greentips’, Galanthus ‘Ding Dong’, Eranthis grunling and Eranthis schwefelglanz.  I am a novice when it comes to snowdrops and claim no level of understanding let alone expertise so I followed… Read More