Galanthus elwesii ‘Mrs McNamara’ has been featured every January since I commenced the blog. She’s ultra-dependable, tall and elegant in the early snowdrop display garden. She’s also a lady who keeps her charms to herself if her reluctance to breed new Mrs McNamaras is anything to go by. In January 2nd 2015 I had three flowers, a number I’ve never exceeded, and this year two although there are shoots to suggest future scope. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the position, the soil or the feeding. Other nearby snowdrops flourish. One of life’s little mysteries and shared with other growers I understand. I think I’ll have either to move one of the small clumps or twin scale her. The lady has presence. She has been in flower for the past two weeks, her dependability in this respect one of her many virtues.

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