The Harlow Car hybrid primulas (they spell it like that!) are a showy hybridisation of Primula bulleyana, P. beesiana, P. japonica and P. pulverulenta that occurred naturally in the boggy soil some years ago.
The wisteria, hostas, Matteuccia and maple catch the eye plus the perfect blue of assorted Meconopsis. The gardens hosted the national trials of the latter some years ago and one is in in poppy heaven either side of the stream. There are colours here other than blues.
|An explosion of snowdrops in the lawn|
The pricing of new snowdrop varieties can be deceptive. Galanthus ‘Ivy Cottage Green Tip’ is a relatively recent variety available at a very reasonable price from several sources, including an excellent UK seller on eBay, and an outlet for one of the big mail order companies. My own bulb is two years old and I now have two flowers so my modest outlay has doubled in value ….. I wish. One can lash out big bucks for snowdrops that are no more spectacular than the little gem adorning our patio table.
|Galanthus ‘Ivy Cottage Green Tip’|
On the subject of inexpensive snowdrops with something special about them here are three others. Galanthus ‘Augustus’ has a puckered texture to the outer petals and has clumped up slowly and surely over the years. The combination of its very distinctive broad, striped leaves and the rounded, globular petals stands out from the crowd.
A further green tipped variety just coming into flower in the garden is nivalis ‘Viridapice’, an old variety that has slowly increased all over the garden, intermingled with other varieties. It is a pretty flower.
|Galanthus nivalis ‘Viridapice’|
Galanthus Elwesii ‘Natalie Garton’ is a semi-double variety flowering earlier in our garden than its description as a late flowering variety suggests. In a border where there are more traditional double varieties ‘Natalie Garton’ does stand out.
|Galanthus Elwesii ‘Natalie Garton’|
|View from Rockefeller Center|
|Three Dancing Maidens by Walter Schott|
|I had to get a skyscraper in|
|Burnett Fountain by Bessie Potter Vonnoh|
|Not one of the dancing maidens|
‘Glenchantress’ is a classy snowdrop with thick, glaucous leaves and a noticeable, if faint, green smudge to the outer leaves. It has good form and stands out well at eye level in a pot on our patio. Both snowdrops have arching pedicels and look good when the biting wind whips over our garden and I am enjoying a hot coffee lounging in my leather recliner in the lounge.
“South Hayes” is becoming well known if still expensive. The green markings on the outer petals are a dark stripe extending fully down and very striking. Three bulbs have developed from the original one, each shooting up quite some distance from its siblings.
And finally “Bertha”, a more recent cultivar with an altogether softer green spot although there is some similarity to the previous variety. It still has yet to fully open out but I thought it provided a nice perspective on “South Hayes”. Its grower, Joe Sharman, terms this flower shape as pterugiform, which doesn’t take one very far but do Google it. “Bertha” has an “H” shape on the inner petals so watch this space. Certainly vigorous, it too will be joined by siblings as the weeks pass.
They look pretty adjacent to my eyes. Identical. The same number of flowers too although there is certainly more leaf and therefore promise for next year. It’s a lovely thing, remarked on this very afternoon by friends with a discerning eye. They’d read the post about giving away snowdrops as presents. Addendum: I gave them some ‘S. Arnott’.
How can something so lovely as this be so fertile? Galanthus “Godfrey Owen” is delectable and I have posted about it before. My original bulbs have increased so well they provide a lovely present. My brother in law keeps me posted on just how well his is doing. I’ll convert him to the ranks of the galanthophiles yet.
Clematis “Winter Beauty” is clambering over the trees. I cut it down two years ago and it threw a sulk. It seems to have recovered its confidence.
One of a number of snowdrops making their presence felt, “Haydn” is an early one and forming a little clump for next year.
My aconites need sun and today was bright with the buds nearing readiness. I’ve seen some out in very sunny, warm areas. This darling is in the sink garden that fails to get much of a tan in winter.
But the cyclamens are showing even here.
I am a very big fan of the star flowers. Ipheion uniflorum ‘Charlotte Bishop’ has been in flower since the autumn.
Then there’s that excitement as some of last year’s acquisitions promise snowdrop heaven. Galanthus ‘Bertha’ was obtained from Joe Sharman and named after his dog. I’ll feature it as it unfurls.
Galanthus ‘Fly Fishing’ is another early bloomer. I now have several and with their long pedicels they exemplify the name rather better than some varieties. I’m told that it can develop a green tip on the outer petals, and there is just the suggestion of green flushing the outer petals albeit I noted it more clearly when looking at it in the flesh. Nothing to get excited about as I have some green varieties developing apace. This however is a lovely early snowdrop.
Galanthus ‘Magnet’ is a genuinely handsome snowdrop. It has clumped up all over the garden, been in flower for weeks, and outperforms many of the newer breeds for considerably less money. The flower is held on long pedicels, storms through the bad weather, is reliable, increases well and has a decent large flower.