Last year a friend bought ‘Golden Fleece’ for quite a sum, discovered it had a small offshoot, swapped it with me for a mature ‘Green Tears’, and proceeded to chip the mature bulb. It succeeded and he now has a number of young bulbs. This cultivar originally sold for over £1000 pounds! Anyway here is my version. Rather small. It has yet to unfurl and was a tiny bulb anyway. There are signs that it will throw up shoots next year and mine certainly flowered early. This has been the most eagerly anticipated plant for me. I’m deciding whether or not to plant it in the garden or retain it in a pot.
A second snowdrop I was keen to see develop was one of the Dryad family, bred by Anne White at her nursery in North Yorkshire. Galanthus ‘Gold Medal’ seems a very vigorous variety indeed. No doubts about pot or border here. It will go into the garden once it has finished flowering. Anne has said her range of hybrids are sturdy and my solitary bulb has two flowers and is already forming a clump. Flowering earlier than I have read, today’s mild spell has worked its magic.
And finally for today, Galanthus ‘Trumps’ is a favourite. I have it in the border here although those are slightly behind this pot grown one. There are many ‘spotted’ snowdrops out there, many commanding high prices on Ebay but ‘Trumps’ is as good as it gets, a dramatic statement with its heart shaped single mark on the petals. It may be purchased for a modest price at this very moment from Harveys in their sale. Much cheaper than Ebay ….. Always worth checking alternatives.