Saturday, 15 February 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day ~ February 2014.



Hopefully regular visitors to my blog are not suffering from a surfeit of snowdrops. If so I can only apologise. I was hoping to post other than just more white petals for GBBD but today's foul weather is conspiring against me. So instead I made for the sanctuary of my greenhouse where there were one or two snowdrop flowers clamouring to have their photo taken. Sadly there are also some past their sell date, some that have still to open and others that were simply too cold to want to come out today otherwise I would have shared more of them. Please click on the collage if you would like a close up view.

In a nutshell from left to right ~
Galanthus 'Alan's Treat' - one of the most expensive snowdrops that I've ever bought. I could not resist this after I saw a clump of it flowering elsewhere as my Dad's name was Alan. The name of this snowdrop came about from a clever play on words being named after Alan Street, who is head nurseryman at Avon Bulbs. I wanted to show you an open flower as apart from the markings it has a most interesting shape but it would not oblige today.
Galanthus plicatus 'Augustus' - this one does not break the bank, spreads nicely and has a beguiling 'seersucker' effect to its petals as do some other plicatus snowdrops. The flowers are quite chubby when open whilst the leaves are quite short and broad.
Galanthus plicatus 'Sally Passmore' - a new to me bulb this year from a local source namely Cornovium Snowdrops. Already a more than welcome addition to my 'Fair Maids of February'.

For other February flowers please visit over at May Blooms Gardens, where the lovely Carol kindly enables to share our blooms each month with other garden bloggers. Just the prefect remedy for such a day.

PS My next post will not mention the word snowdrops - promise!


17 comments:

  1. I think Augustus is my favourite, he's got that 'something' that the others don't.

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  2. Having just dipped a toe in the water I am amazed at how much some of these bulbs cost. But I like Augustus too... it's different.

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  3. …but we love Snowdrops?! Nice to have discovered your blog on GBBD!

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  4. Keep them coming Anna! I'd never tired from admiring snowdrops!

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  5. I'm learning much from your posts abut the many different varieties of snowdrops. I'm especially enamored of Galanthus plicatus 'Augustus' with its sweet balloon or fancy ball gown shape.

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  6. If I think 'snowdrop' I'm almost certain to think 'green tapestry' - Anyway, nice little addiction. I just checked the Cornovium snowdrops link - they're addicted too. At this point I'll resist putting LOL as I know you know it's me jolly little wheeze.I have to say, when presented with a carpet of them. they're verging on magical. They don't grow enough of them in France.

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  7. Don't worry--I'm not getting tired of seeing snowdrops! I've learned so much from your posts, too, Anna. I had no idea there were so many different varieties of snowdrops. 'Augustus' caught my eye immediately; I like the seersucker effect of its petals and as outlawgardener says, its "fancy ball gown shape."
    Thanks for your encouragement on the amaryllis; the first couple of years I grew them, when I had no idea what to do, I had beautiful flowers. The more I learn, it seems, the less success I have:)

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  8. Lovely photos of beautiful snowdrops, keep the posts coming, we will not get tired of them!
    Augustus has been here for about 10 yrs and is increasing very well, but Sally Passmore doesn't seem happy where I have her, maybe I need to move her.

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  9. Fell in love with Augustus yesterday at the SRGC show, I had my heart set on Diggory but could source neither - I'm not going tell you what I bought but all will be revealed in a blog soon ;).
    I'm sure we could never tire of seeing them so keep them coming.

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  10. What beautiful photos of your snowdrops Anna! I never tire of reading about snowdrops and the season is so short - please don't write them out just yet! I always struggle photographing snowdrops, but your photos are perfect - do you have any tips to share?

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  11. Surely one can never have enough of snowdrops, Anna. Sally is my favourite girl!

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  12. Lovely snowdrops, I've never seen Alan'sTreat before, it's very distinctive. Augustus is a great favourite of mine. You don't need to promise not to show more snowdrops, everyone loves them. I think seeing other people's snowdrops on blogs is a great way of learning about new ones.

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  13. Anna, I wouldn't mind if you mentioned snowdrops and posted your lovely photos of them all through February and March! They are all so lovely, but especially Sally!

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  14. I did leave a comment, Anna, honest! It definitely said it was publishing!!

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  15. Beautiful little portraits Anna. I have just ordered more native snowdrops to add to my garden, but I can feel the stirrings of a glimmer of interest in others. Not while I still only have so few of the natives, but one day, perhaps, I too will be (needlessly!) apologizing for posts with white petals...

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  16. Ah but snowdrops are so very beautiful, that you are quite forgiven for sharing them!! Sally P has a particularly beautiful shape, so very elegant. And I love the crinkling of the petals on Augustus.

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  17. Thanks for all your lovely comments and for reassuring me that you are not getting fed up of my snowdrop posts ..... not yet anyway :) Julie thanks for your suggestion. I struggle with taking photos of them too but will try and put a post together soon.

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any
specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.