A Farewell to Snowdrops

There are still snowdrops in flower in the garden, in full flower and in good condition, but they are the last stragglers at the end of a long season which started here with the first flowers of Galanthus reginae olgae ‘Rachel Mahaffy’ at the end of September. While the first flowers were prized and a wonderful delight as winter set in, the last of the season only entice a tired response, a sense of flogging a dead horse almost or, perhaps, it is that they must contend with the visual competition of primroses, daffodils, trilliums and magnolias.

Snowdrops are no longer the flowers providing the only interest in the garden and they can become lost in the newly emerging growth and brighter blooms of this time of the year. They have maintained colour and interest in the garden right through the winter period and are great value plants for that service but even good things come to an end and so it is with the snowdrop season. There is still some work to be done – some congested clumps to be lifted and replanted with more room to grow and I may select a few to propagate by chipping, a few special ones which are in small numbers that I would wish to bulk up. That’s a job for another day, an addend to the season, a clinging on to the interest in these bulbs but also a promise for future days, for future seasons and even more snowdrops to be enjoyed.

I have looked back at my last round-up of the snowdrop scene and have tried my best to avoid repetition of photographs though a few repeats are included. Click on the first photograph to view as a slideshow: (You will be forgiven if you now simply move on!)

That’s all folks!

No more snowdrops until next year!

13 thoughts on “A Farewell to Snowdrops

  1. Wonderful photos Paddy. Some really unusual snowdrops. Great to see them grown so well. Thank you. Mary O’Brien, Cork

    On Fri 18 Mar 2022 at 20:09, Paddy Tobin, An Irish Gardener wrote:

    > Paddy Tobin posted: ” There are still snowdrops in flower in the garden, > in full flower and in good condition, but they are the last stragglers at > the end of a long season which started here with the first flowers of > Galanthus reginae olgae ‘Rachel Mahaffy’ at the end of Sept” >

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  2. Paddy, I’m in awe of your love of snowdrops! Considering the very long season, you surely get value for your chosen passion.
    Every gardener needs a plant or two to be passionate about. Thanks for sharing yours. I’m also in awe of your ability to distinguish one variety from another! Beir bua!

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    1. As you see, the last ones are hanging on here and being overtaken by daffodils etc. Your winters can be very hard, something we don’t experience here in Ireland – snow is rare, frosts generally light where I am etc.

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