This page represents an initial effort at an “in the cloud” record of snowdrops (Galanthus species and hybrids) here at Gelli Uchaf. When we acquired the derelict property that is now our home, there was no garden, no flowers save a few old daffodils on our track banks, and certainly no obvious snowdrops for several miles around us. Created just after the first snowdrops emerged in October 2017, this page shadows a huge effort I made during last year’s snowdrop season to photograph, label and record the majority of the different snowdrops which we have growing here.Why bother with such a thing?
The main reason was that any other sort of simple physical record of these bulbs can easily be lost or damaged. And to be of value to any garden (or blog) visitors, some sort of order and accessible database of photographic images had to be created. Perhaps also for anyone thinking of trying to grow a few different snowdrops for the first time, a little of the simple slant of this record might be helpful.
Perhaps it might also help to hint at the appeal of galanthophilia (love or even obsession, with snowdrops) which seems to afflict a small, but growing number of gardeners. The fact that so many frankly only subtly different variants have names associated with the people who found them, or places of origin, links the real appeal of snowdrop sharing – human stories of loved places and the planting of these bulbs to illuminate the scene during the darkest months of the year, when much else outside is dormant or lifeless.
Candles of hope, hinting at the exuberance of spring, a few weeks ahead. And tough enough to cope with whatever winter chucks at them. Googling “thermogenesis in snowdrops” was indeed the cue for me deciding to start a blog of life here, back in early spring 2011, after finding the blog of Carolyn Walker – a confirmed fellow galanthophile and nursery owner in Pennsylvania.
- Many available images of snowdrops show just single photos of the flowers fully open so that you can see the inner segment markings, but often not the rest of the plant. Very appealing to showcase a flower. BUT!!! In many years in our damp upland climate, the occasions when the flowers actually open perfectly like this can be extremely limited. Perhaps just a few hours in total during the season. This is also why getting decent photos of them in situ in the ground is tricky, in poor light. Or wind. Or rain. Or all 3. Last year a camera upgrade with a greater ISO range helped this project. Also the appeal of these earliest of flowers, for me, is much more tied up with the impact of the whole plant – foliage and flower – in persuading me outside, daily, whatever the weather, through the winter months to see the progress of their appearance. (Even sun all day on December 18 th 2017, couldn’t persuade many of the flowers of G. “Mrs. Macnamara” to open, below)So I’ve tried to illustrate just how this visual impact of the plants changes from when the first flower stem, or “scape”, pushes up through the soil. Inevitably with taking so many photos, some aren’t as good as I’d like, and some varieties don’t yet have a good selection of images available for me to use, in spite of taking nearly 6,000 photos in the 2017 snowdrop season alone.
- For similar reasons, when the flowers first appear is very important to me. Which is why I’ve listed them not alphabetically, but in order of appearance (in 2017). Having recorded opening sequences for a few years now, there seems to be a reasonably good correlation for most varieties, relative to other cultivars, from one year to the next, give or take a few days – even with weather differences. Also as of 2020, there’s clear evidence that left undisturbed, many forms’ flowering times creep a little earlier each year – possibly because replacement bulbs tend to end up nearer the soil surface. If you want to plan for a long season of snowdrops within a garden, having a good idea of relative flower opening times is very important. Though even within a single garden considerable variation in flower opening times will be the result of subtle micro-climate differences, and other factors around the garden. Of course if you want to search these records more quickly for a particular snowdrop, you can just type in the name in the search box at the top right of this page, above the header photo.
- My definition of first flower “opening” (shown in bold italics in the description) in these lists relates to the point at which the first flower bud of a variety emerges from the spathe (the spear like sheath which protects the flower as it is forced up through the earth) and begins to turn towards horizontal. This is really when the snowdrop flowers start to have an impact on the scene (from a human perspective!) And this change from vertical to horizontal nearly always happens very quickly, in less than 24 hours, and often overnight provided ambient temperatures are high enough.
- I might add more detail on leaf and flower form with time, since such minutiae of detail do help with cultivar identification, but to people with no knowledge of this terminology, I think it would just make things more complicated for this sort of simple guide. (How often do the snowdrops look like those below, outer segments spread wide? Not very often here in 2017, or 2018 !)
- Gradually I shall highlight those varieties that seem particularly garden worthy, at least in our garden. As with all groups of plants, nurseries rarely record this very important detail, but how vigorous or floriferous a variety turns out to be in our conditions, is what I’m interested in. Not simply how unusual a flower is. Since it is when snowdrops flower en masse that they really wow me. To be fair to the nurseries, although some older named cultivars may have good anecdotal information on vigour, the rush to get the latest new form onto the market for serious galanthophiles, (probably by very carefully slicing or “twin-scaling” the bulbs to bulk them up more quickly), means that this feedback from gardeners on how they perform in the ground may simply not be available. Perhaps another reason to avoid the latest, most expensive offerings? Sadly a significant proportion of the named snowdrops which I’ve tried to grow, take so long to bulk up here that I don’t think they fall into this critical garden worthy category. Like G. elwesii “Peter Gatehouse” below, at least in our garden…
- Some snowdrops remain unnamed or unidentified in these lists and increasingly there will be several with the WHSH prefix, which indicates that they are part of my Welsh Historic Snowdrop Hunt project. For more information on the ideas behind my WHSH project, please click here. I’m extremely grateful to all the people who so far have allowed me to visit, photograph and collect sample bulbs and also given me the fascinating human stories that usually accompany “old” snowdrop sites. Most of these varieties do indeed fall into the garden worthy category – at least for this wetter part of the world.
- Anyone looking for expensive rarities or the latest named cultivars in this list will be disappointed. I have a very modest upper maximum price for buying a snowdrop bulb – not much more than a nice bottle of wine (and I don’t drink anyway). It really is more important for me to have reliable good doers which create an extended season of interest, and anyway, if a new variety is expensive and a good doer, then quite quickly it will become more affordable. The wonders of time and biological multiplication (generally following the Fibonacci sequence) working well without any recourse here to the artificial “twin-scaling” of bulbs for propagation, which I’ve never had the time or enthusiasm to carry out. Yet.
- To make the lists more manageable I’ve somewhat arbitrarily grouped the flowers into 3 seasons, and this initial list runs from the very early flowering types, sometimes in October, to the middle of January for when the first flowers appear for the individual varieties. To illustrate the fact that snowdrops are really very variable in height, flowering time, markings and form, all the flowers below are different varieties which were in bloom here on New Year’s day 2018, when many would think the snowdrop season hadn’t even begun…
- Typically an early season individual flower will last for up to 6 or 7 weeks, but as a clump becomes larger, the spread of flowering times means at least a good 2 or even 3 months of flower interest is possible from a single cultivar. Different bulbs at deeper locations in a clump will tend to flower later and some cultivars frequently produce 2 flowers per bulb, at different times, which obviously extends the flowering season. Later flowering forms don’t tend to last in flower for as long, since temperatures are higher so the flowers grow and mature faster, and the flowers are more likely to be pollinated in warmer weather, which brings their flowering to a speedy close.
- For those intrigued by some of the photo backgrounds, many of the named cultivars are growing in the retyred matrix part of our garden. There are also over a million bulbs (I would estimate) elsewhere in the garden growing in a more natural setting. The tyres have proved to be an ideal setting for keeping named individual cultivars separate and easily labelled and providing the moist but free draining conditions during active growth, as well as the shade and generally drier conditions through the summer months, which most snowdrops prefer. In nearly all the examples growing here, the snowdrops are succeeded by perennial plants, mostly chosen for their potential appeal as nectar or pollen sources for our diverse native insect population, later in the year. The bulbs growing in the tyres receive a couple of scatterings of wood ash from our stoves during the year, a single scattering of seaweed meal in early winter, and get mulched with year old, homemade, twice chopped (with our lawnmower to aid decomposition) leaf mould straight after cutting back the other herbaceous perennials in about late October, early November. This is around the time that the early season snowdrop shoots are nosing through the ground. In the rest of the garden the snowdrops get similar treatment, but just natural leaf fall, with no mulch. Fallen leaves are never removed from most of the garden, just the paths.
- Currently, named varieties are lifted and split about every 3 to 4 years within the tyres, once there are a few flowers per cluster, with the aim of eventually creating a bolder impression of what the varieties can look like en masse. Though like many gardening plans, one needs a patient approach towards this goal. Some cultivars are so slow to bulk up that this effect will probably never be seen. At least by me! This lifting and moving can only be done in winter or early spring, since the perennial plants prevent access during the bulb’s dormant period. Though as from 2019, I aim to complete this even earlier – from early December onwards, as soon as the cultivar’s bulb shoots begin to nose through. I’m convinced this will stress the plants less, since they have well developed roots, but minimal foliage to support. Many snowdrop experts would say bulbs should only be moved when dormant, in summer, but provided I do it during a period of damp or wet weather, with minimal root disturbance, I only get a minor drop off in flowering the following year. However we are “blessed” here with a typical range of 1700 to 2100 mm of annual rainfall, which is much higher than many parts of the UK. (G. “Grumpy”, below).
(Our snowdrop silk scarf design above – see separate web page for more details).
EARLY SEASON TO MID JANUARY
(For the 2018, and 2019 snowdrop season, many of the varieties below will have opened first flowers in December or the first week of January at the latest – such seems to be the effect of milder winters. Several cultivars have now been shifted in 2020 into this early season group, though the 2020 season started with many forms flowering later by 2 weeks or so. It will also make each season a little more equal in numbers. I tend not to be so interested in later flowering snowdrops, since they inevitably don’t last for as long, and heading into March, there are other exciting things happening in the garden!)
G. reginae-olgae “Cambridge”. Acq. 2012. October 29th 2016 to December 9th. An autumn flowering species cultivar, which always flowers before the quite narrow leaves have developed. Not very vigorous here, but always the prompt for the start of the new snowdrop season. (October 9th 2017 – 1st to flower, October 20th 2018 – 1st to flower November 18 th 2019 – 2nd to flower)
G. reginae-olgae “Tilebarn Jamie”. Acq. 2013 as being a “vigorous form”, but produced its first flower here in 2019!. When it was the first snowdrop to flower. Frankly not really worth growing this type of snowdrop in our wet conditions, I think. Flowers well before the leaves appear, but otherwise an unremarkable flower. (November 10 th 2019 – 1st to flower).
G. elwesii form (November flowering) ex Bob Brown, of Cotswold Garden Flowers. Acq. late 2017. October 16 th 2017 . (2nd to flower 2017, no show in 2018, no show in 2019 either!) An unnamed species cultivar flowering notably early and with the typical wider, blue green leaves of this species. Inner segment markings vary quite a lot with G. elwesii snowdrops. Here it is an extended and wide inverted U shape.
G. plicatus “Three Ships”. Acq. 2012. November 25th 2016 to late December. A named species cultivar, with folded leaf edges (plicate) typical of the species. Sets seed. The name implies being around on Christmas morning, (from the carol – “I saw Three Ships…”) but in 2017 and 2018, it was nearly over by then. (November 8 th 2017 – 4th to flower, November 20th 2018, 3rd to flower, December 6th 2019, 4 th to flower).
G. elwesii “Mrs.Macnamara” Acq. 2010. December 5th 2016 to February 20th. A named species cultivar. (November 12 th 2017 – 5 th to flower, December 2 nd 2018, 6th to flower, December 14 th 2019, 5 th to flower) Currently our favourite snowdrop of all! Early, vigorous, floriferous and stands cold or snowy weather well. It even sets seed quite readily with hand pollination.
G. elwesii “Peter Gatehouse”. Acq 2014. December 7th 2016 to January 17th. A species cultivar, not very vigorous here, but possibly because planted too deeply initially. (October 29th 2017 – 3 rd to flower, November 5th 2018, 2 nd to flower, December 4th 2019, 3 rd to flower. Split. )__________________
G. elwesii “Gabriel”. Acq.2015. January 11th 2017 to late February. A species cultivar of the var. monostictus (single inner segment markings) form. Much earlier flowering in 2018 – (November 26 th 2018 – 4 th to flower; December 21 st 2019 – 9 th to flower. Split.). Possibly missed flower opening in 2017, because overlying foliage not cut back ?
G. plicatus “Florence Baker”. Acq. 2012. December 14th 2016 to February 23rd. A cultivar of this species, though the leaves are quite thin compared with many G. plicatus forms in our clone. Quite vigorous and floriferous, but the tallish flowers tend to flop over, particularly after frosts. (December 17 th 2017 – 15 th to flower, December 22 nd 2018 – 19 th to flower; December 21 st 2019 – 8th to flower.)
G. Unknown. elwesii type ex CG STC. Acq 2017. December 4 th 2017. A locally collected elwesii snowdrop, sometimes with small solid green tips to outer segments. 8 th to flower in 2017. (December 12 th 2018 –10 th to flower, December 19 th 2019 – 7 th to flower)
G. “Bess”. Acq. 2012. December 16 th 2016 to February 26th. A single flowered hybrid. Very sturdy and erect flower held close to the pedicel, and very attractive thick blue – green leaves. Deep green inverted heart shaped marking, but flowers reluctant to open fully early in the season. (December 6 th 2017 – 11 th to flower, December 12 th 2018 – 9 th to flower, December 26 th 2019 – 15 th to flower ). One of our favourite snowdrops. Early, sturdy and floriferous.
G. “Sutton Courtenay”. Acq. 2014. December 17 th 2016 to February 23rd. A single flowered hybrid, with flowers hanging attractively like lanterns. (December 5 th 2017. 8 th to flower, split. December 19 th 2018 – 16 th to flower; December 24 th 2019 – 13 th to flower). One of our favourite snowdrops, with characteristic olive green ovaries and interesting inner segment markings.
G. elwesii “Fieldgate Prelude”. Acq. 2013. December 18 th 2016 to February 23 rd. (December 22 nd 2017 – 22nd to flower, December 19 th 2018 – 17th to flower; December 24 th 2019 – 11th to flower). A cultivar of this species, a seedling of G. “Mrs. Macnamara” with interesting markings, but not as vigorous here as the parent, and with finer leaves.
G. “Castlegar”. Acq. 2012. December 20 th 2016 to February 18 th. A very short single flowered hybrid, when first emerged, with the leaves hardly obvious, yet quite chunky flowers on short pedicels. Quite a thin and distinctive splayed V shaped inner segment marking. Most bulbs here seem to produce a second, later flower scape, extending the season of flower considerably. The flowers do extend in length as they mature and are long lasting. (December 4 th in 2017 – 6 th to flower, November 30 th 2018 – 5 th to flower, December 14 th 2019, 6th to flower)
G. nivalis “Melvillei”. Acq. 2012. (10 th to flower in 2016). December 21 st 2016 to February 18 th. ( December 17 th 2017 – 13 th to flower, December 17 th 2018 – 13 th to flower, December 26th 2019 – 16 th to flower). One of the tallest forms of the native species, and always our earliest G. nivalis form to flower. But the overall effect is of quite thin flowers held way above the leaves.______________________
G. elwesii “Zwanenburg”. Acq. 2012. December 22 nd 2016 to February 18 th. A sturdy cultivar of this species, though the flowers tend to flop after snow. Sometimes with 2 flowers per scape, and very wide leaves. (December 31 st 2017 – 41 st to flower, January 2nd 2019 – 55 th flower, January 8th 2020 – 54 th to flower).______________________________
G. elwesii “Fenstead End”. Acq. 2014. December 24 th 2016 to February 23 rd. ( December 20 th 2017 – 18 th to flower,split. December 22 nd 2018 – 20 th to flower, January 8th 2020 – 49 th to flower). An attractive cultivar of this species, with narrower leaves and strong inner segment markings.
G. “Atkinsii”. Acq. 2003. December 24 th 2016 to 24 th February. A single flowered hybrid, with very tall upright stems and pear drop, hanging flowers on short pedicels. (December 17 th 2017 – 17 th to flower, December 22 nd 2018 – 28 th to flower, December 29th 2019 – 25 th to flower). An over 100 year old hybrid, and a favourite snowdrop. One of the very first unusual forms I bought, which got me hooked on the delights of growing different snowdrop cultivars.
G. woronowii. Acq. in 2009, but moved several times, since not thriving in deeper shade. A species with characteristic glossy green leaves. December 26 th 2016 to late February. (December 21 st 2017 – 21 st to flower, December 24 th 2018 – 26 th to flower, January 3 rd 2020 – 32 nd to flower). A smallish species snowdrop, with distinctive wide, glossy, bright green leaves.
G. plicatus “Colossus”. Acq. 2012. December 26 th 2016 to mid February. (December 16 th 2017 – 13 th to flower, December 22 nd 2018 – 23 rd to flower, split, December 28th 2019 – 19 th to flower). Wide leaves, and usually 2 flower scapes per bulb, extending the season of interest. Bought as this cultivar, but ours have slightly atypical markings, and it’s not particularly large in our garden either! However it’s growing beneath Helianthus “Lemon Queen”, which is quite a thug like plant with a very vigorous root system.
G. “Ding Dong”. Acq. 2012. December 26 th 2016 to late February. A single flowered hybrid, unfortunately quite slow to bulk up with us. (December 17 th 2017 – 16 th to flower, December 22nd 2018 – 22nd to flower, December 29 th 2019 – 23 rd to flower). One of our favourites. Early, long outer segments and bold inner segment markings with very long lasting flowers._________________________
G. “Lapwing”. Acq. 2012. December 26 th 2016 to February 24 th. ( December 22nd 2017 – 25 th to flower, December 18 th 2018 – 14 th to flower, December 29 th 2019 – 26 th to flower.). A short, single flowered hybrid, with flowers that open quite readily, even in gloomy damp conditions. One of our favourites.
G. “Reverend Hailstone”. Acq. 2013. December 26 th 2016 to late February. A reliable tall, strong, single flowered reliable hybrid. Sometimes double headed flowers. (December 4 th 2017 – 7 th to flower, December 19 th 2018 – 15 th to flower; December 23 rd 2019 – 10 th to flower.) A trending favourite.
G. elwesii “Long ‘drop”. Acq. 2014. December 26 th 2016 to February 10th. A really lovely cultivar of this species of snowdrop, with curving spathes, over flowers on long pedicels. (December 22 nd 2017 – 23 rd to flower, split; January 6 th 2019 – 67 th to flower, January 7th 2020 – 45 th to flower).
G. “Lime Tree”. Acq. 2012. December 26 th 2016 to late February. (20 th to flower). Very similar to G. “Atkinsii”, but flowers aren’t quite as strong, and also flowers a little earlier than the G. Atkinsii in a nearby tyre. ( December 21 st 2017 – 20 th to flower, December 22 nd 2018 – 21 st to flower, January 3rd 2020 – 31 st to flower, ).
G. “John Gray”. Acq. 2011. December 28 th 2016 to late February. A large flowered single hybrid, whose main failing here is the weight of the flowers, which often pulls them down to nearly ground level. (December 20 th 2017 – 19 th to flower, December 19th 2018 -18th to flower; December 24 th 2019 – 13th to flower).
G. “Acton Pigot No. 3”. Acq. 2013. December 29 th 2016 to February 10 th. (December 5 th 2017 – 10 th to flower, December 13 th 2018 – 11 th to flower, split, January 1 st 2020 – 29 th to flower). A single flowered hybrid, with slightly olive green coloured ovaries, and quite pointed outer segments. The flower stems tend to flop. ____________________
G. plicatus “Henham No. 1”. Acq. 2012. January 25 th 2017 to late February. A cultivar of the species from the same site in East Anglia as G. p “Three Ships”, which is a little fickle in our conditions. (1 flower after 5 years!) (December 24 th 2017 – 51 st to flower, December 23 rd 2018 – 25 th to flower – moved, after producing 5 flowers in 2018 and now doing better, January 1 st 2020 – 30 th to flower)
G. Desdemona ? TLO 3. Acq? (January 3 rd 2018, 53 rd to flower; January 5 th 2020, 37 th to flower.) An unknown Greatorex double, vigorous and quite early, but shortish flower stems and it takes a long time for the flowers to open properly. Faint green lines on outer segment tips. Flower similar to G. Lavinia, but ovary chunkier and flowers much earlier. ? G. Desdemona?
G. Unknown ” Keith’s Corker” ? ex CGL. Acq. 2017. December 22nd 2017 . (26 th to flower). An impressive large flowered, large leaved probable elwesii X plicatus hybrid snowdrop from Keith Brown’s garden, but possibly ex Woodpeckers garden in Warwickshire originally. Green tipped outers and one leaf with plicated (folded) leaf edges. Already a favourite snowdrop. (January 6th 2019 – 73 rd to flower, January 6th 2020 – 41 st to flower.)
G. elwesii “Hiemalis Group”. Acq. 2014. (as G.caucasicus HG) (December 30 th 2016 to February 10 th. Moved, then no flower in 2017 or 2018. January 8th 2020 – 52 nd to flower)
G. elwesii “Watlington Greenman”. Acq. 2019. (December 28th 2019 – 20 th to flower). A vigorous early form with solid green inner markings, and faint green tips to outers. It may be too early to assess, but in 2019 this was remarkable in opening the petals wide in warm but very overcast damp conditions, when all other flowers remained closed. Few other snowdrops do this here, perhaps G. “Lapwing”, coming closest. One to watch in years to come.
G. elwesii “Frinton Advent”. Acq. 2017. December 25 th 2017 to early February (35 th to flower). An early and quite short form of this species. (December 7 th 2018 – 6 th to flower, December 29 th 2019 – 24 th to flower.)
G. nivalis “Llo ‘n’ Green”. Acq. 2015. December 18th 2016 – 11th to flower, split. (December 31 st 2017 to February 23 rd. December 25th 2018 – 30 th to flower, January 6 th 2020 – 44 th to flower.) A French cultivar of the native species. One of our favourites.
G. “Lady Beatrix Stanley”. Acq. 2011. December 31 st 2016 to February 23 rd. An old (1940’s) short, neat, double flowered hybrid, with distinctive split inner segment markings. (December 26 th 2017 – 36 th to flower, December 24 th 2018 – 27 th to flower. Moved/split. January 6 th 2020 – 43 rd to flower).
G. rizehensis. Acq. 2012 (3 bulbs.). December 31 st 2016 to late February. A green leaved, and quite short species. One of our favourites, which seeds well. (December 22 nd 2017 – 24 th to flower, December 25th 2018 – 36 th to flower, January 9th 2020 – 58 th to flower).
G. “Sir Herbert Maxwell”. Acq. 2015. December 31 st 2017 to February 21 st. (December 25 th 2018 – 34 th to flower, split, January 5 th 2020 – 36 th to flower.) A vigorous, single flowered hybrid with nicely rounded large flowers.____________
G. “Richard Ayres”. Acq. 2014. No trace of any leaves in 2015, returning in 2016, but not flowering until 2018, when it produced 3 flowers from many bulbs, and offsets. A shortish double snowdrop flower. (December 27 th 2018 – 38 th to flower, split, January 8th 2020 – 50th to flower) .Our second double snowdrop to flower.
G. nivalis WHSH ML GF 1. Acq 2016. (January 6 th 2019. January 5 th 2020 – 39 th to flower). The first single form to flower from this site, which yielded a number of examples, some of which may have been relocated from Surrey. This early form has short lived flowers.
G. WHSH ML GF FLP. Acq 2016. January 7th 2018. 70 th to flower. (December 28 th 2018 – 39 th to flower., January 12 th 2020 – 83 rd to flower.) An unknown very vigorous double snowdrop, probably a Greatorex type hybird, most similar to “G. Lavinia” with staining of the inner green marking up towards the petal’s base. An intriguing origin from RB in Surrey, via MB.
G. nivalis “Anglesey Abbey”. Acq. 2012. January 1st 2017 to late February. A distinctive variety of the species with bright green leaves, and only very faint inner segment markings. Not very vigorous here. (December 23 2017 – 29 th to flower, December 29th 2018 – 40 th to flower, January 12 th 2020 – 77 th to flower.).
G. plicatus type or hybrid. (RB YI4). Acq. 2011. A small leaved, short form. January 1 st 2017 to late February. (January 1st 2018 – 48 th to flower, December 22 nd 2018 – 24 th to flower, January 17th 2020 – 115 th to flower.) _____________________________
G. “Lyn”. Acq. 2012. January 5th 2017 to February 23 rd. A single flowered hybrid, very similar to G. “Atkinsii”, and G. “Limetree” with elegant long teardrop flowers. More vigorous than G. “Limetree”? (December 23 rd 2017 – 28 th to flower, December 25th 2018 – 35 th to flower, December 27th 2019 – 18 th to flower).
G. “Galatea”. Acq. 2012. January 6 th 2017 to late February. A single flowered, dating from the 1880’s hybrid. Long pedicel, and similar to G. “Magnet”, but flowers earlier. ( December 28 th 2017 – 37 th to flower; January 7th 2019 – 87th to flower, January 10th 2020 – 66 th to flower. ). One of our favourites.___________________________
G. NBB? Acq ? Poss seedling of G. Benhall Beauty. (January 7 th 2017 to late February. Split, January 7th 2019, January 9 th 2020 – 59 th to flower)
G. “Jaquenetta”. Acq. 2010. January 7 th 2017 to late February. The first of the “Greatorex” doubles to flower here, with fat buds, large flowers with faint green tips to the outer segments, small ovaries and wide blue green leaves. (December 23 rd 2017 – 30 th to flower. December 25th 2018 – 29 th to flower. Split in ground, January 1 st 2020 – 28 th to flower)
G. nivalis “Nothing Special” ? (12-2). January 8 th 2017 to late February. (December 22 nd 2017 – 27 th to flower. December 25 th 2018 – 32 nd to flower, December 30 th 2019 – 27 th to flower)________________________
G. “Shropshire Queen”. Acq. 2015. January 8 th 2017 to late February. Split. A vigorous floriferous single flowered form. (January 5 th 2018 – 65 th to flower. December 31 st 2018 – 48 th to flower, January 6th 2020 – 42 nd to flower.)
G. “Benhall Beauty”. Acq. 2010. January 8th 2017 to late February. (January 3 rd 2018 – 53 rd to flower; January 7th 2019 – 89th to flower, part split January 18th 2020 – 135 th to flower part split. ) Basal mark blurred single flowered hybrid). One of our favourite snowdrops.____________________________
G. “Fly Fishing”. Acq. 2016. January 8th 2016 to late February. (December 17 th 2017 – 14 th to flower, split. December 10 th 2018 – 8 th to flower, December 27th 2019 – 17th to flower.). Single flowered hybrid, on a very long pedicel. Seems to be quite vigorous so far._______________
G. “Byfield Special”. Acq. 2012. January 9th 2017 to late February. Single flowered hybrid, with well rounded flowers on long arching pedicel. (January 3 rd 2018 – 54 th to flower; January 4th 2019 , January 8th 2020 – 55 th to flower)
G. nivalis WHSH LDFS 1. Acq 2017. December 25 th 2017 . (December 25 th 2018 as well – 31 st to flower, January 7th 2020 – 47 th to flower) A local quite tall and early form of the native species. One of the earliest flowering snowdrop from my WHSH.
G. “Brenda Troyle”. Acq. 2012. January 9th 2017 to late February. Single flowered hybrid, one or more leaf margins explicative, short and quite chubby flowers. (December 24 th 2017 – 32 nd to flower, December 26 th 2018 – 37 th to flower, December 28th 2019 – 22 nd to flower) _____________________
G. plicatus “Edinburgh Ketton”. Acq. 2014. January 10 th 2017 to late February. A form of G. plicatus. (December 31 st 2017 – 43 rd to flower; 2018 – Split, January 7th 2019, January 10 th 2020 – 64 th to flower).
G. “Kildare”. Acq. 2012. A single flowered hybrid, with green markings on the outer segments. January 11th 2017 to late February. (January 19th 2018 – 134 th to flower, 2019 – NR, January 15th 2020 – 101st to flower). One of our favourite snowdrops.___________________
G. nivalis WHSH PYC KW Acq.2016. January 11 th 2017 to early March. Local origin species variant, one of the earliest WHSH nivalis forms, flowers appearing fairly close to the ground, from near Kidwelly. (December 30 th 2017 – 40 th to flower, December 30 th 2018 – 44 th to flower, January 12 th 2020 – 89 th to flower)
G. nivalis WHSH GYAF. Acq. 2015. January 13 th 2017 to late February. A local form of the native species. (January 4 th 2018 – 62 nd to flower, December 31 st 2018 – 47 th to flower, January 9th 2020 – 59 th to flower.). ____________________________
G. nivalis flore pleno WHSH FT C. Acq.2018. January 3rd 2019 – 58 th to flower. (January 15th 2020 – 105 th to flower). A very short form of the double snowdrop from and old estate on the English border.
G. nivalis WHSH GL A. Acq. 2014. January 13 th 2017 to late February. A vigorous quite tall local variant of the native species. (January 3 rd 2018 – 51 st to flower; January 7th 2019, January 14 th 2020 – 98th to flower.) ____________________
G. nivalis WHSH BDL 1. Acq 2016. January 1 st 2018. 49 th to flower. January 8th 2019; January 11 th 2020 – 71 st to flower) A local variety of the native species from a site with the widest variation in snowdrops yet encountered in my WHSH project.
G. Unknown. 32 -1 Acq.? January 13 th 2017 to late February. A very vigorous snowdrop with large bubs and strong flowers. 50 th to flower. (January 13th 2018; January 7th 2019, January 13th 2020 – 90 th to flower.)____________________
G. nivalis WHSH PYB D. Acq. 2013. January 13 th 2017 to late February. Local variant of native species. (January 13 th 2018; January 3rd 2019 – 60th to flower, January 11 th 2020 – 69 th to flower.) One of our favourite snowdrops. _________________________
G. “Honeysuckle Cottage”. Acq. 2013. January 14 th 2017 ( January 10th 2018 – 75 th to flower, split. January 11th 2019 – 119 th to flower. January 17th 2020 – 118 th to flower). A single flowered hybrid of G. nivalis and G. plicatus. Very tall and upright. ________________________
G. elwesii “Epiphany” Acq. 2015. January 15 th 2017 to late February. A species variant with a single inner segment mark. Very poor performer here. ( January 13th – 79th to flower. December 29th 2018)________________
G. “The Apothecary”. Acq. 2015. January 15 th 2017 to late February. A single flowered G. plicatus X G. nivalis hybrid, with a tall upright pedicel. (December 28 th 2017 – 38 th to flower, December 30 th 2018, January 6 th 2020 – 40 th to flower. ) _____________________
G. Unknown “Not Trymming”. Acq. 2015 (bought as Trymming, but clearly isn’t!). However a pretty and apparently vigorous single flowered hybrid.
(January 7 th 2018 – 68 th to flower -. 2019 split, January 22 nd 2020 – 139 th to flower)
G. Rodmarton. Acq. 2018. (January 9th 2019 – 150 th to flower, January 5th 2020 – 38 th to flower.) An early double hybrid, probably G. nivalis/plicatus found in this famous Gloucestershire snowdrop garden.