Gelli Uchaf Snowdrops – Mid Season

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.

Being quite a novice as far as snowdrops are concerned (say 20 years…), I decided a few things were important for these records:

  • 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 couple of years, 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 creeps 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!)
  • 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.
  • 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 middle of January for when the first flowers appear for the individual varieties, to the middle of February. 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, 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 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. 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 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).

Mid Season

Middle of January to Middle of February.

(For 2019, the whole sequence of opening seemed to be about 10 days, earlier than this period – see flowering dates below. For the 2020 season, which is slightly later than the previous 2 years, I’ve moved several forms which were previously located here, into the earlier season’s listing.)

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G. Unknown LATW 2. Acq. ? January 16 th 2017 to late February. A large single flowered hybrid, with broad glaucous leaves. (63 rd to flower in 2017).

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G. nivalis WHSH LLL. Acq. 2016. January 16 th 2017 to late February. A tall early local variant of the species. (January 24th 2018; January 6th 2019, January 14 th 2020 – 97 th to flower.)

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G. nivalis flore pleno WHSH HL 1. Acq. 2013. January 16 th 2017 to late February. A local variant of the double form, of G. nivalis flore pleno. Very similar to G. Lady Beatrix Stanley”, but later and slightly different inner segments.

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G. x valentinei. Acq? January 16 th 2017 to early March. Unknown origin, this very attractive snowdrop is one of our favourites. Where it came from is a mystery. The name is used for single flowered hybrids of G. nivalis and G. plicatus. The wide flat blue green leaves splay out as the flower emerges. The flower is quite rounded on a very straight pedicel. It is very floriferous and vigorous in our garden wherever it is planted.( January 13th 2018, January 11 th 2019 – split)

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G. Dionysus 10-2. Acq. 2010. January 16 th 2017 to late February. A Greatorex double flowered hybrid between G. nivalis florepleno and G. plicatus. 70 th to flower in 2017. (2018 -NA; January 6th 2019, January 18th 2020 – 132 nd to flower)

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G. nivalis WHSH PYBR. Acq. 2014. January 17 th 2017 to late February. A local variant of the native species, with a degree of a variation on inner segment markings.(January 13th 2018; January 6th 2019)

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G. nivalis WHSH MT M 1 Acq 2019. One of a few forms from an ancient churchyard with many snowdrops and other bulbs, with a resident honey bee colony in the roof.

(January 16th 2020 – 106th to flower.)

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G. nivalis WHSH MD M. Acq. Jan 2018 A local form of the species. February 7th 2019, January 15 th 2020 – 101st to flower)

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G. plicatus “Sarah Dumont”. Acq. 2018. January 26th 2019, January 17th 2020 – 117 th to flower. A lovely strong yellow flowering form.

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G. nivalis WTSWW MN CTG, Acq. 2016.  a  local form of the species. January 26th  2017 (January 13th 2018, January 7th 2019, January 17th 2020 – 121st to flower.) ___________

G. nivalis WHSH FIF TG. 1  Acq. 2017 from an old mill within 150 yards of the sea. Some of the earliest flowering coastal origin ‘drops. January 15th 2018 – 117th to flower, January 7th 2019 –96th to flower, January 17th 2020 – 122nd to flower). __________

G. nivalis WHSH T NY TG. 1 Acq 2017. Local form from close to the sea. (January 21st 2018, January 12th 2019, January 17th 2020 – 126 th to flower). ___________

G. elwesii “Ballard’s No Notch”. Acq. 2014. January 17 th 2017 to late February.  A cultivar of the species with particularly wide glaucescent foliage. (January 1 st 2018 – 50 th to flower, split, January 12 th 2019 ).

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G. “Sentinel”. Acq. 2013. January 19 th 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid with separate apical and basal inner segment markings. (January 13 th 2018; January 1 st 2019, January 18th 2020 –  130 th to flower)

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G. gracilis. Acq. 2010. January 19 th 2017 to late February. a distinctive species with twisting narrow leaves, but very poor survival or vigour in our conditions. Disappeared 2018/9!

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G. “Mrs. Backhouse No. 12”. Acq. 2012. January 20 th 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid, probably between G. nivalis and G. plicatus. (January 13 th 2018, January 13 th 2019 – part split, January 18th 2020 – 131st  to flower.  )

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G. nivalis WHSH BDL. Acq. 2016. January 20th 2017 to early March. A large number of local varieties of the native species, from a single small site, including one double form ( the first image, below). (January 1st 2018; January 8th 2019 )

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G. “Myddleton Giant”. Acq. 2015. January 20 th 2017 to late February. (January 17th 2018 –118 th to flower, No flower 2019 – split/moved, 2020 no flower.)

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G. “David Baker”. Acq. 2015. January 20 th 2017 to late February. (January 13th 2018; January 7th 2019 – split, January 18th 2020 – 128 th to flower ). A single flowered hybrid with green outer segment markings. Frankly a little disappointing !

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G. “Tubby Merlin”. Acq. 2011. January 22 nd 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid with the inner segment marking of uniform colour, and covering more than the apical half. (January 15th 2018; January 12 th 2019, split)

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G. “Washfield Colesbourne”. Acq. 2013. January 23 rd 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid with even coloured inner segment markings covering more than the apical half. (90 th to flower in 2017). (January 23rd 2018; January 12 th 2019 – split )

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G. Unknown – bought as “Ermine Farm”. Acq. 2016. February 15 th 2017 to early March. A tidy, pretty double form. (180 th to flower)(January 24th 2019, January 13 th 2020 – 91 st to flower)

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G. nivalis “Gloria”. Acq. 2017. February 18 th 2017 to mid March. A poculiform variety of the species, originating from France. (January 15th 2018, 105 th to flower, January 17th 2020 – 114 th to flower).

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G. “Natalie Garton”. Acq. 2015. January 23 rd 2017 to early March. (Spilt) A semi double flowered hybrid of G. elwesii. (January 13th 2018; January, January 12th 2019, January 16th 2020 – 104th to flower) One of our favourite, vigorous and impressive snowdrops.

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G. nivalis ex Colesbourne Manor. Acq 2017. Typical  form from possibly the greatest English snowdrop garden. February 23 rd 2017, 2018, 2019 NA – split, January 16th 2020 – 107th to flower).

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G. nivalis WHSH C PGO NEO FLP . Acq. 2017. From an unusual wet, wooded site with almost exclusively double forms. January 13 th 2019, January 16th 2020 – 107th to flower.

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G. plicatus “Percy Picton”. Acq. 2012. January 23 rd 2017 to early March. A species cultivar with very long pedicel and also seeds quite well. Inner segment markings are diffused. (January 13th 2018; January 7th 2019One of our favourite snowdrops.

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G. plicatus “Madeleine”. Acq. 2015. January 23 rd 2017 to late February. A  yellow flowered cultivar of G. plicatus. (January 15th 2018 – split, January 12th 2019 – split )

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G. “Lavinia” (North of Mad.)  Acq 2011. January 23 rd 2017 to early March. A Greatorex Double, with the outer part of the inner segment markings staining up towards the base.

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G. “White Swan”. Acq. 2015. January 23 rd 2017 to early March. A tall double flowered hybrid.(January 18th 2018; January 12th 2019.)

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G. nivalis poculiformis group “Angelique”. Acq. 2012. January 24 th 2017 to early March. Of French origin, a distinctive nivalis form with similar sized outer and inner segments, and 2 green dots on the inner segments. (January 20th 2018; January 14 th 2019.)

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G. “Mrs. Thompson”. Acq. 2012. January 24 th 2017 to early March. A hybrid single flowered snowdrop known for its variability in flower form, sometimes producing fused flowers of novelty and charm, or 2 flowers on separate pedicels from the same scape, even from the same small clump. And allowing me to produce one of my favourite snowdrop images of the very rare Welsh double blue snowdrop.(January 19th 2018; January 13 th 2019 – split)  A favourite garden snowdrop!

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G. nivalis flore pleno 1 WHSH NTO MS. Acq. 2014. January 24 th 2017 to early March. A selection of single and double forms of the native species from this old site dating back originally to the C13 th. Taken a long time to settle down in the garden. (2018 NA, January 8th 2019,  January 17th 2020 ).

 

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G. elwesii “Grumpy”. Acq. 2015. January 25 th 2017 to late February. A cultivar of the species, with wide leaves and a slightly disproportionately small flower with appropriately grumpy face markings. (January 5 th 2018 – 63 rd to flower, January 11 th 2019).

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G. “Green Necklace”. Acq. 2013. January 25 th 2017 to early March. A very vigorous, fairly short, single flowered hybrid,  with a blurred basal inner segment mark. Bought the same year, and from the same source as the previous “Ailwyn” which produced just 1 flower in 2013, this cultivar produced 33, in spite of being moved once, because of overcrowding. All snowdrops aren’t the same when it comes to garden worthiness!! (January 18th 2018; January 17th 2019, part splitA current garden favourite snowdrop. 

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G. nivalis WHSH CGMC. Acq. 2016. January 26 th 2017 to early March. A local form of the native species. (110 th to flower in 2017).

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G. “Trumps”. Acq. 2014. Janaury 27 th 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid with outer segment green markings and abnormal flower shape.( January 18th 2018, January 16th 2019).

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G. “Hill Poe”. Acq. 2011. January 27 th 2017 to early March. A very old, double flowered hybrid snowdrop, originally from Eire. Usually flowers have 5 outer segments, and very neat and tightly packed inner segments.(January 12 th 2018, January 26 th 2019 – split, January 12th 2020 – 82 nd to flower)

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G. “Imbolc”. Acq. 2010. January 27 th 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid of short height, with blurred inner segment markings towards the base. A favourite garden snowdrop here. (January 27th 2018 – part split, January 26th 2019.)

 

 

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G. “Longstowe”. Acq. 2012. January 28 th 2017 to early March. A vigorous single flowered hybrid. (January 23 rd 2018 part split, January 13 th 2019, )

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G.”Alison Hilary”. Acq. 2012. January 28 th 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid with inner segment markings diffused over the basal half. Not very vigorous with us. (January 23 rd 2018, January 12 th 2019).

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G. nivalis “Scharlockii”. Acq. 2010. January 28 th 2017 to early March. An old cultivar of the species, originally from Germany, which can grow “true” from seed, giving rise to some variations in plant size. Very long spathe, pedicel and green tipped outer segments.  (January 13 th 2018 – split, January 15th 2019)

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 G. “Little John”. Acq. 2013. January 28 th 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid with even coloured inner segment markings covering more than the apical half.(January 22nd 2018, January 27th 2019 – split)

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G. “Ginn’s Imperati”. Acq. 2012. January 28 th 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid very similar to a large native Italian form of G. nivalis, but with slight leaf form variations. (January 20th 2018, January 15th 2019, January 18th 2020 – 134 th to flower. split )

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G. “Modern Art”. Acq. 2015. January 28 th 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid with green tips to the outer segments. (January 13th 2018, January 12th 2019 – split)

 

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G. “Primrose Warburg”. Acq. 2013. January 28 th 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid with yellow inner segment markings and ovary. (120 th to flower in 2017). (January 24th 2018, January 19th 2019 – Part split, ).

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G. elwesii “Lord Monostictus”. Acq. 2013. January 28 th 2017 to early March. A single inner segment mark cultivar of the species.

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G. “Spindlestone Surprise”. Acq. 2012. January 28 th 2017 to early March. A naturally formed single flowered hybrid between the “native” yellow Sandersii form of G. nivalis found in Northumberland, and G. plicatus. Distinctive yellow ovary and inner segment markings. A favourite vigorous garden snowdrop here, unlike many of the other yellow forms we have. (January 20th 2018, January 12 th 2019).

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G. “Ketton”. Acq. 2012. January 28 th 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid with 2 blurred basal inner segment marks.(January 20th 2018, January 19th 2019, January 14 th 2020 – 96th to flower.)

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G. nivalis WHSH DAR. Acq. 2016. January 28 th 2017 to early March. A local form of the native species, one bulb with aberrant tepals.

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G. nivalis WHSH TLL. Acq. 2016. January 28 th 2017 to early March. A local form of the native species.

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G. nivalis WHSH CDH S. Acq. 1995. January 28 th 2017 to mid March. Our original snowdrop. A form of the native species brought to Gelli as the first ever snowdrops, from our home in Bristol. Originally sourced from Fiona’s parents house in Shropshire, and they acquired it from a very old estate in Shropshire! A much travelled, floriferous and vigorous snowdrop. ( January 20th 2018, January 7th 2019, January 16th 2020).A firm garden favourite! 

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G. “Desdemona” ? (TLO 4N). Acq.? January 28 th 2017 to early March. A vigorous Greatorex double hybrid with inner segment markings staining up to their base.

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G. elwesii “Kite”. Acq 2013. January 30 th 2017 to early March. A cultivar of the species with even coloured inner segment markings, and often 2 flowers on separate pedicels from the same scape.  (January 22nd 2018, January 10th 2019).

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G. “Melanie Broughton”. Acq. 2012. January 30 th 2017 to mid March. A single flowered hybrid with even coloured inner segment markings covering more than the apical half. One of our favourite vigorous and floriferous snowdrops. (January 18th 2018, January 5th 2019 – part split).

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G. nivalis WHSH EID LGN 1. Acq. 2017, Local form from site with 2 different flowering clones. January 26 th 2018, January 12 th 2019, January 17th 2020 – 125th to flower._____________

G. nivalis WHSH TM LG 1 . Acq. 2018. A nivalis from a property with 3 or 4 distinct forms. (January 8th 2019, January 17th 2020 – 124 th to flower.) __________

G. nivalis WHSH FNN M BC 1 Acq. 2016: Several forms from this grand Pembs. property.  (January 22 nd 2018, January 21 st 2019, January 18th 2020 – 138 th to flower.)

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G. nivalis WHSH LDFS 4. Acq. 2017. One of six or more forms from this local site, slightly olive green ovary on this mid flowering shorter form. Taken a few years to sort them all out. (January 18th 2020 – 137th to flower.)

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G. nivalis WHSH LDFS FLP. 5 Acq 2017: A short, vigorous local double form from a  site with several forms. (January 14th 2019, January 18th 2020 – 137 th to flower).

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G. nivalis “Viridapice”. Acq. 2010. January 30 th 2017 to mid March. One of the oldest green tipped outer segment forms of G. nivalis, originating from Holland.(130 th to flower in 2017). (January 19th 2018, January 14 th 2019).

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G. nivalis flore pleno WHSH CPCM FLP. Acq. 2016. January 30th 2017 to mid March. A double or flore pleno local form of the native species.

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G. nivalis flore pleno WHSH TG CAAR. Acq. 2015. January 30 th 2017 to mid March. A local double form of the native species.

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G. “Winifrede Matthias” (?). Acq. 2012. January 30 th 2017 to mid March. A single flowered hybrid with pale green ovary and arching pedicel.

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G. “Orleton”. Acq,. 2016. January 31 st 2017 to mid March. A single flowered hybrid of G. nivalis and G. plcatus. (January 17th 2018, January 13 th 2019).

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G. nivalis “Alan’s Treat”. Acq. 2014. January 31 st 2017 to mid March. A poculiform cultivar of the species with green tips to the outer segments. (No flower-2018, January 27th 2019).

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G. nivalis ex Cambo. Acq.2016. January 31 st 2017 to mid March. A form of the species from one of the best Scottish sites for snowdrops. (January 27th 2018, January 17th 2019).

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G. plicatus WHSH FFNN M. Acq. 2016. January 31 st 2017 to mid March. A locally found cultivar of the species.

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G. nivalis South Cerney. Acq. 2016. January 31 st 2017 to mid March. A variant of the native species from the gardens at this old Cotswold property. Pretty inner segment markings on ridged segments. (January 26th 2018, January 24 th 2019) 

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G. plicatus “Augustus”. Acq. 2010. January 31 st 2017 to mid March. A distinctive virus infected cultivar of the species with obviously puckered outer segments to the flowers. (January 22nd 2018, January 12th 2019).

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G. Unknown. 32 N MVD. Acq? January 31 st 2017 to mid March. (140th to flower). ___________________

G. nivalis “Elfin”. Acq. 2012. January 31 st 2017 to early March. A very pretty small form of the native species. Flowers often “open” vertically and have green tipped outers. Vigorous and floriferous. Not particularly long lasting flowers, but a very firm garden favourite snowdrop. (January 23 rd 2018 – split, January 24 th 2019)

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G. nivalis WHSH PTFG. Acq. 2016. January 31 st 2017 to mid March. A local form of the native species.

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G. “Bill Bishop”. Acq. 2012. February 1 st 2017 to mid March. A single flowered hybrid, with large flowers. (January 22nd 2018, January 13th 2019).

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G. “Icicle”. Acq. 2013. February 1 st  2017 to mid March. A single flowered hybrid. Vigorous and floriferous here.(January 26th 2018, January 24 th 2019).

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G. elwesii “Louise Ann Bromley”. Acq. 2015. February 1 st 2017 to early March. A cultivar of the species with very wide leaves and large flowers. (January 22nd 2018, January 9th 2019.)

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G. “Erway”. Acq. 2016. February 1 st 2017  to early March. A small, single flowered hybrid with very distinctive shiny olive green, long ovary and diffused inner segment marking over the most of the segment. (January 19 th 2018, January 21st 2019.)

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G. Unknown 21-4. Acq? February 1st 2017 to mid March. A very distinctive snowdrop with broad foliage looking like an elwesii X plicatus hybrid, and split single dot apical inner segment markings. But I don’t seem to have a name for it – the closest similar I can find is G. “Deer Slot”, but I’ve never bought this. Any ideas?  Whatever it is, it’s a garden favourite! (January 15 th 2018, January 8th 2019). 

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G. nivalis flore pleno WHSH RYGW MS FLP. Acq. 2015.  February 1 st 2017 to early March. A variety of the native double form of the species, of local origin. 

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G. “Kew Green”. Acq. 2015. February 2 nd 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid. (January 27th 2018 split, February 6th 2019).

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G. nivalis WHSH PYC KDW  FLP. Acq. 2014. February 2nd  2017 to mid March. A local variety of the native double snowdrop, G.nivalis flore pleno. (150 th to flower in 2017)

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G. “Seagull”. Acq. 2015. February 2nd 2017 to early March. A single, large flowered hybrid. (January 24 th 2018 – split within tyre, January 14th 2019, January 17th 2020 ).

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G. elwesii “David Shackleton”. Acq. 2012. February 2 nd 2017 to early March. A clone of the species with the basal mark entire and paler than the apical mark.( January 27 th 2018 – split, February 4th 2019.)

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G. “Excelsis”. Acq. 2014. February 2 nd 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid with diffused marking over the basal part of the inner segments.  (January 22 nd 2018, January 21st 2019).

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G. Unknown 8-1. Acq? February 2nd 2017 to early March. Nothing to go on…more photos needed next year!

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G. X “Whittington”. Acq. 2012. February 2 nd 2017 to early March. ( January 31 st 2018, January 26th 2019, )

 

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G. elwesii “Galadriel”. Acq. 2012. February 22nd 2017 to early March. A seedling form from Beth Chatto’s garden. A favourite, vigorous, beautiful snowdrop.  (February 8th 2018, February 6th 2019).

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G. nivalis “Lady Elphinstone”. Acq. 2011. February 2 nd 2017 to early March. A double form of the species (i.e G. n. flore pleno) with yellow inner segment markings.  (January 26 th 2018 , Janaury 27 th 2019 ,)

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G. “Trymposter”. Acq, 2016. February 3 rd 2017 to early March. A single flowered G. plicatus hybrid, with characteristic flared outer segments with green splashes. (January 31 st 2018, January 27th 2019).

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G. nivalis WHSH BDL. Acq. 2016. February 3 rd 2017 to early March. A local variety of the native species, with olive green ovary.

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G. “Sprite”. Acq. 2014. February 4 th 2017 to mid March. A vigorous single flowered hybrid, with 5 or 6 green lines on outer segment tips. A favourite snowdrop here. (160 th to flower in 2017, January 25 th 2018, January 20th 2019.)

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G. nivalis “Blonde Inge”. Acq. 2014  February 5 th 2017 to early March. Of German origin, a small form of the species, with green ovary, but yellow or sometimes yellow green inner segment markings. A “trending” (!) garden favourite snowdrop.  (January 27 th 2018, January 28 th 2019).

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G. “Wasp”. Acq. 2015. February 5 th 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid with long narrow outer segments, and separate apical and basal marks, though these marks seem a bit variable from one flower to another

(January 17 th 2018, January 12 th 2019, January 12 th 2020 – 75 th to flower.).

 

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G. “Peardrop”. Acq.2015. February 5 th 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid with scissor like blurred basal marks extending up from the strongly dark green apical mark.  (January 31 st 2018, January 27 th 2019).

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G. “Robyn Janey”.  Acq. 2016. February 6 th 2017 to early March. A single flowered hybrid with separate apical and elongated basal spot markings, beneath a olive green ovary, long arching pedicels, long claws and usually 2 flowers per scape. If this multiplies well, it will become a firm favourite! (January 26 th 2018, January 27 th 2019)

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G. nivalis “Munchkin”. Acq. 2016. February 7 th 2017 to early March. A small in stature variety of the species with bold green, wide, heart shaped inner segment marking.(January 31 st 2018, January 28 th 2019).

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G. plicatus “Wendy’s Gold”. Acq. 2011. February 7 th 2017 to mid March. A cultivar of the species with yellow markings and ovary.  (January 25 th 2018,  January 19 th  2019).

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G. “Nothing Special”. Acq. 2012. February 7 th 2017 to early March. Hopeless photo !

 

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 G. nivalis “Tiny”. Acq. 2011. February 7 th 2017 to mid March. A small single form of the native species. ( February 8th 2018, January 27 th 2019 – split)

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G. “Trotter’s Merlin”. Acq. 2011. February 7 th 2017 to mid March. A single flowered hybrid. (170 th to flower).  (February 8th 2018, February 6th 2019.)

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G. plicatus “Bowles’ Large Form”. Acq. 2013. February 7 th 2017 to early March.(January 31 st 2018, January 22nd 2019). 

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G. nivalis “Chedworth”. Acq. 2013. February 10 th 2017 to mid March. A variety of the native species. (January 25 th 2018, January 24 th 2019).

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G. plicatus subspecies byzantinus “Ron Ginn”. Acq. 2017. February 13 th 2017 to mid March. (January 17th 2018, January 13th 2019.)

 

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G. nivalis “Moreton Mill”. Acq. 2017. February 13 th 2017 to mid March. A poculiform cultivar (with similar outer and inner segments) of the native species. (January 22 nd 2018, January 20th 2019)

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G. nivalis WHSH LDS FM. Acq. 2014. February 13 th 2017 to mid March. A vigorous later flowering form of the native species, with long ovary and outer segments.