It’s Snowdrop Season!

The days of a slow dribble of snowdrop varieties opening through late autumn into early winter are now gone. The first snowdrops of the season opened in early October, a number of cultivars of the Greek species, Galanthus reginae olgae. Galanthus elwesii ‘Barnes’ and ‘Earliest of All’ carried the show along through November with ‘Faringdon Double’, ‘Hoggets Narrow’, ‘Castlegar’ opening through December and ‘Three Ships’ coming through just in time for Christmas.

Some snowdrops open at the moment in the garden: Click on the first image to begin a slideshow

We had a spell of quite cold weather running up to and after Christmas so those in flower continued in bloom for longer than might be expected while the many snouts appearing above ground came no further than peeping out with the flowers firmly held in bud until conditions improved. And improve they did as we have had a spell of mild weather since Christmas with hardly and frosts since then so that there has been a widespread bursting forth of those blooms which had been held back for so long.

A closer look at some snowdrops in flower at the moment. Click on the first image to begin a slideshow

The sparse days are over and snowdrops are now opening in number day after day, a full flow of new flowers each day with the pleasure of seeing old cultivars that we have grown for years and some that are new to the garden and opening for the first time this year. It is a time that I enjoy very much in the garden and I will spend many pleasant hours looking at, admiring, appraising and photographing the snowdrops again this year and, of course, we will make time to travel and enjoy seeing them in other gardens. It is a good time of the year!

A favourite snowdrop and a favourite view I look forward to each year: Galanthus ‘Lapwing’

11 thoughts on “It’s Snowdrop Season!

  1. Paddy
    What a wonderful ‘blog’! …as usual!
    Love seeing you report on & giving the Snowdrop Up-Date from your own garden, with your STUNNING photos & giving us a lovely read… thank you
    Regards Susan

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    1. Many thanks, Susan. The snowdrops are great plants at this time of the year when it can be so dull and miserable. They give an interest, a reason to get out and about etc.
      We hope to visit some snowdrop gardens in the next month or so – Altamont, Primrose Hill, Angela Jupe’s. Do you know of any others we might visit?


  2. The sheer number and variety of snowdrops boggles the mind! I especially love your last photo, which looks like a painting – ‘Galanthus and Urn’ would make a great title, don’t you think?

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