I have been much taken by the bidding on eBay over the last few weeks. Snowdrop bulbs that may be obtained for a weighty but fixed amount from well known traders on-line are making much larger sums due to the bidding frenzy of the internet auction. All power to the eBay sellers for I have bought from the same individuals in the past, discovering them to be friendly, informed and providing excellent bulbs, well packaged. Indeed, having just purchased five snowdrops from a well known nursery, I have to say that the size of the bulb and the packaging has been inferior to those specialists who sell on eBay. A quick google
might assist one in deciding how much to spend. My own purchase on Saturday was almost half the price of exactly the same bulb sold by the same seller the previous weekend. So it pays to be patient. I bid in advance, deciding just how much I am prepared to pay and checking on progress when the auction has completed. I lose some, win others. (Actually I lose most.) Laughably I put in what I considered a high bid for “Green Tear”
. It went for £200 no less. Five years have gone by since its record price. Has no-one heard of twin-scaling? A laughable
bid, so you won’t be seeing that particular specimen on my blog this year at least. There are one or two green ones to come though and almost as good, I think…. Or is it sour grapes, green ones?
On another tack, here’s a small pot of two specimens planted last year and featured here in full colour. “Trymming” and “Percy Picton” are in bud. One is burgeoning, the other promising a solitary if beautiful flower. One cost two and half times the other. Guess which one is parsimonious, which profuse? You’ve guessed it. Sod’s law. The little solitary fellow on the bottom right is “Trymming”.
I believe I mentioned yesterday that it is a wet winter. “Godfrey Owen” got soaked poor fellow. I have a pot full of bloom. Expensive (still) but a fertile fellow and very attractive.