By coincidence I see that Cathy who hosts the meme, In a Vase on Monday, at Ramblinginthegarden has used snowflakes in her vase today. Cathy has used the delightful little Spring snowflakes: Leucojum vernum which bizarrely seem to come into bloom later than the Summer ones: Leucojum aestivum which I have used.
Cathy and I agree that the little Spring ones are prettier in every way than the tall Summer ones. For a start their flowers are bigger in comparison with the stems and leaves . Their flowers are shaped like the old fashioned Tiffany lamps. They have green tips to their flowers. You can also get a delightful one with yellow tips to the flowers which is called Leucojum vernum var. ‘carpathicum’. There is also a twin-headed one called Leucojum vagneri. These little ones are slow to spread in my garden. The tall ones though are everywhere. I don’t know whether a previous gardener was particularly fond of them or whether they seed around a great deal.
If you cannot tell the difference between snowdrops and snowflakes then it is useful to remember that in snowflakes all the six segments of the flower are the same length. In snowdrops you have three small inner segments and three small outer ones.
I showed some little Leucojum vernum in my recent Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post. Here is a photo I took last year of another clump which is not out yet. I think the dark Euphorbia and the fern set them off nicely.
Now look at the plant of Leucojum aestivum and you will see that it doesn’t have the same charm.
Still they are useful for a February arrangement and they go quite nicely with my Bristol blue vase.
Thanks to Cathy for hosting the meme and do go and see her lovely arrangement and see what everyone else has found to put in a Vase on Monday.