January 2018 – Snowdrops

After a wet and miserable December, the gallant snowdrop has appeared to raise our spirits for 2018.  It is not called ‘galanthus‘ for nothing!  There are 100’s of varieties, with just a green spot making the difference between them.  But the common snowdrop – Galanthus Nivalis – is as good as any and a couple of bulbs planted in autumn will increase year on year (if the mice of squirrels don’t eat them!)

Galanthus Nivalis – the common snowdrop
Galanthus ‘Plicatus’


Galanthus ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’



But my favourite is not a snowdrop at all.  Is is commonly called snowflake and is a lot taller than the biggest snowdrop. 

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