It is a lovely sunny, day; cold but crisp. There is still not much out in the garden though. Prunus mume ‘Beni-chidori’ is showing pink but not yet opening.
Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis rosea’ stubbornly refuses to open its delicate pink flowers. The witch hazels are just showing the tiniest bit of colour. But I don’t mind because these delights are still to come. For now I have this lovely snowdrop with the impossible name to enjoy.
Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus ‘Hiemalis’
The name doesn’t fall trippingly off the tongue I’m afraid, but at least it is one of my snowdrops which still has a label. Some of the others in their journeys from garden to garden have lost their labels. Many others have had their labels stolen by malicious squirrels. I can’t imagine what they want them for. I don’t suppose they do want them really. It’s pure malice. Anyway I have my book which is invaluable for the next month or two. It is expensive but for the serious galanthophile it is very useful. it is called ‘Snowdrops. A Monograph of Cultivated Galanthus’ . It is written by Matt Bishop, Aaron Davies and John Grimshaw. In the weeks to come I will be spending many an hour outside with my book peering up snowdrops’ skirts and counting the green spots.
If the snowdrop bible and I are at a loss I shall be asking snowdrop mad bloggers for help.The trouble about not being sure of the names of your snowdrops is that you find yourself buying the same snowdrop twice. And that’s a very expensive mistake to make.