Plant labels are monstrous things. Wind, blackbirds, clumsiness and grandchildren disturb carefully laid plans, not to mention permanent ink marker pens that aren’t, “permanent” that is. Or cheap ebay aluminium labels that are too short to use, too shiny to take ink or pencil and have been consigned to the bin in favour of some newly purchased aluminium labels, matt finished and suitable for that most indispensable tool of the trade, a graphite pencil. I wrote about them here two years ago and have returned to the supplier for more – please.

It’s a long-winded introduction to one of the first snowdrops to force its way through the throng and one I had forgotten was there due to the saga of the missing label. Luckily the blog comes in useful. So let me reintroduce you to Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp. vernalis, last seen on 16th December 2015. It is not fully in flower as yet but the raison d’être for the blog is snowdrops …… I’ll add some images when the two blooms emerge – only one last year!

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