Monday, 15 February 2016

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day ~ February 2016


From left to right - galanthus 'Henry's White Lady', unamed hellebore, galanthus 'Trym'.

Exactly a year to the date and I'm pleased to report that both my last chance snowdrops are still alive and thriving. 'Trym' and 'Cowhouse Green' were fed when they flowered, were repotted with a generous dollop of leaf mould when dormant and have been under cover during a very wet autumn/winter. The bulbs have rewarded me by increasing in numbers. Funnily enough whilst 'Trym' is open at the same time as last year 'Cowhouse Green' is still to unfurl.


Galanthus 'Cowhouse Green'

The other snowdrop you can see in the above photo is one of this year's newcomers to the fold and goes by the name of 'Henry's White Lady'. Now I have no idea as to the identity of Henry so must do some research. The flower has no green markings on it, whatsoever hence the name.

The hellebore in the centre is growing on the bank at the side of the lane leading down to the house. I am puzzled as I although I planted some hellebores there some time ago I don't remember planting this rather frilly and frothy concoction. I'm sure that it wasn't there last year. I prefer the single hellebores but I'm not complaining.

As always a special vote to Carol from May Dreams Gardens for providing us with access to flowers from all over the show each month. On a bitterly cold and frosty February day it will mean that I can go out into the garden without my gloves and enjoy flowers. What could be a better occupation?

24 comments:

  1. Lovely!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea

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  2. Looks like you have some hellebore hybridisation going on Anna :) Good to see last year's snowdrops survived under your tender care.

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    1. Either that or the hellebore fairy has been at work VP. I'm slightly puzzled though as it doesn't look like a first flowering year plant. I'm sure that I didn't see it last winter :) I'm especially pleased that 'Cowhouse Green' is thriving as it can be miffy.

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  3. Maybe this is what's wrong with my garden. Maybe snowdrops don't like it because the only deciduous tree in it is the apple against a wall. Maybe I should import leaf-mould.

    Esther Montgomery
    Esther and the Time Machine (New blog!)
    http://estherandthetimemachine.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Esther, I have a patch of snowdrops growing out of a large area of gravel that is baked by the sun and where there are no trees to give them any shade or provide them with leafy goodness :) Did you plant your snowdrops in the green or as dormant bulbs?

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    2. Anna - middling. Sun in the early morning then shade, then from mid-afternoon on. At this time of year, with the sun low, little of our garden gets bright, bright, hot light. Maybe that's the problem - that the ground is too wet? (In the summer it's different, our garden bakes in the heat and I have to water a lot.)

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  4. Beautiful flowers! I'm trying to decide if I prefer 'Henry's White Lady' or 'Cowhouse Green'.
    I should try some Galanthus other than the common G. nivalis and elwessii...

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    1. Hi Anne - it's good to hear from you again. It's 'Cowhouse Green' for me :)

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  5. Always a pleasure to see your snowdrops...so wonderful all the different blooms especially the pure white one.

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    1. Oh thanks for your comment Donna. It's amazing how these little white flowers can be so different :)


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  6. Bought myself a Cowhouse Green at the Myddleton House sale last month too. Along with a Lady Elphinstone, which has flowered with green markings, the contrary madam.

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    1. Oh it's good to hear from you again :) Now Myddleton House is a plant sale that I would really love to get to. 'Lady Elphinstone' can be a bit of a prima donna but will reward you with yellow flowers some years. Is this start of a snowdrop addiction or are you already well and truly hooked?

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  7. I love that hellebore! How fun that it popped up as a surprise. :o)

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting. It was a most welcome and pleasant surprise.

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  8. Trym looks interesting.

    Hellebores are prolific self sowers so maybe yours have invented a new variety.

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    1. Yes Trym not only has interesting markings Sue but it has an appealing shape too. I'm not sure where the hellebore has sprung from but I'm happy to let it stay :)

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  9. Ooh, that's a relief, Anna, that they have survived - I have nearly bought 'Trym' before now and then been slightly relieved that they have sold out as it is a pricey little thing!

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    1. It was a case a bated breath until I saw them emerge Cathy. Having already lost both of them this was a give them another go punt. I bought them both as dormant bulbs from Avon Bulbs in 2014 so fingers crossed that they are now on their way. 'Trym' is slowly coming down in price so might be affordable by the time you can go plant shopping again :)

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  10. I get snowdrop addiction reading your blog, I need help!😀

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  11. This particular white frothy Hellebore looks rather classy; if it is a chance seedling you might be onto a winner!

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  12. Hello again, Anna - I should have guessed 'Trym' was expensive - I've a habit of picking out these ones. Like Sue, it caught my eye. Inspiring chat and images on snowdrops once again :-) Wendy has settled in to my garden now and I really look forward to her making herself at home. I too prefer the single flower hellebores and not sure on the frilly ones but yours being pale in colour gets away with it :-)

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- Anna.