It is always a relief when the snowdrops pop out of the snow untouched. Indeed some cultivars are desperately in need of splitting for next year. ‘Uncle Dick’ has clumped up and he is a handsome relative.
Galanthus plicatus ‘Wandlebury Ring’ is a larger, taller variety exhibiting a little lateral growth at the moment. The yellow stands out. I did read a well known American blogger on snowdrops describe the British snowdrops as rather lacking in yellow compared with her own State. She put it down to the lack of sun. As she had been visiting a snowdrop garden in Northumberland she might have been unduly influenced by England’s northernmost counties. I get the same feeling when visiting there in June, July, August ,,, Whatever, the yellow snowdrops are yellow even after our dull and dreadful winter.
Galanthus plicatus ‘Madeleine’ is very similar to ‘Wendy’s Gold’. I’ve read that it clumps up better and flowers better and is better. They both seem pretty good to me. ‘Wendy’s Gold’ has done everything ‘Madeleine’ has done. And both are glorious in our Yorkshire sun …
Now an apology. I featured ‘Trymming’ here at the beginning of February. Well it’s still in glorious bloom but it’s not ‘Trymming’, it’s ‘Trymlet’. I only read the top of the label and charged right in. By the magic of technology I shall now proceed to change the name to demonstrate my infallibility. Trouble is I’m exceedingly fallible. If you want a spectacular spotted snowdrop that clumps up with almost magical ease, and lasts longer than a film star’s coiffure, go for ‘Trymlet’. If you want ‘Trymming’ read on. You can see that both snowdrops are very similar being bred from the popular ‘Trym’. They both clump up well, ‘Trymming’ at present being a little shorter with bigger flowers. ‘Trymlet’ is the more charming perhaps being earlier, taller and with a mass of smaller though showy flowers. Both very eye-catching. Mind you, and I win a prize every time for being decisive, the two-tone markings on the petals could just swing the vote. A bit like promises on red buses. No, I’ll stick with my first choice.