My snowdrops are still enchanting me. Lovely Galanthus Lady Elphinstone is elegantly dressed in yellow petticoats. She is a double form of nivalis, but made special by the yellow markings.
She has large,nicely shaped flowers which have a lovely honey scent.
Galanthus Magnet dangles its head on a long wiry pedicle. I dug this up for a friend last year and forgot to give it to her.
Galanthus plicatus Augustus is not quite out, I took this photo last year. It is a plicatus with short broad leaves and nice, round, flowers. It is quite distinctive.
It is possibly a bit silly to grow lots of different snowdrops that don’t look any different from each other unless you read the label. I want to add Diggory to my collection next year though; he is very distinctive and immediately recognizable. Anna at Green Tapestry showed us a beautiful picture of her Diggory recently. I am sure everyone who saw it has put him on their wish list.
In February, when I am not counting green spots on my snowdrops I am to be found peering up my Hellebores’ skirts. The trouble with Helleborus orientalis is that the heads so often face downwards. The primrose yellow Helleborus hybridus ‘Bradfield Buttercup Yellow’ holds its heads up well as do the Ericsmithiae hybrids but the rest of my Hellebores have to be examined one by one. Each one is a little different so it takes a while.
The Pianist thinks I am a Hellebore bore and so does Pip.
Have you ever seen a dog look more bored than this? Hellebores have this effect on him..