Friday, 7 March 2014

'Greenish'?


Well it looks as if the above could well be the last of my special snowdrops to flower this winter. These flowers though belong to what I think may is galanthus nivalis 'Greenish' but some study of my snowdrop books is in order to confirm its identity. Although it did not throw up one single flower last year I've been rewarded with three this winter. The label in the pot says 'Greenish?' I know that I bought 'Greenish' at some point but the snowdrop bible advises that this plant has almost prostrate leaves, a characteristic that my bulb does not display hence a question mark over its identity. Anyway whatever it is it's a most pleasing to the eye end to the snowdrop season. There is another pot of the double 'Richard Ayres' which has flower buds but sadly they seen to be shrivelling up rather than opening. I've thoroughly enjoyed my snowdrops this winter especially as I was  unexpectedly away from home for a good part of last February and March. The season this year seems to have been shorter though. There have been some disappointments especially with some new bulbs which arrived in the green last year. As I away when they arrived himself had to plant them which he nobly did. However out of half a dozen or so new arrivals only one flowered. I'm not sure whether he followed my instructions to the letter or whether the bulbs were not the best quality. However there has been signs of life in all the pots so it's a case of waiting patiently for another twelve months.

Time now to try to update my records of what has flowered this year and then to hopefully make a start on what I plan as a permanent snowdrop page on this blog. I've also got some serious work to do during the summer when I intend to repot all the bulbs that were planted in pots before the end of 2013. The plan is to get this done in July or August when the bulbs are still dormant. I'm hoping to unearth spares of some to plant out in the garden so that I can enjoy the best of two worlds - snowdrops in the garden and snowdrops under cover!

11 comments:

  1. It's such a shame that some haven't flowered when you've waited a whole twelve months for them to do so. You do need a lot of patience to be a gardener.

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  2. I've enjoyed all your snowdrop posts, and even bought my own first 'special' too. Jacquenetta also shrivelled rather than opened, but I shall plant it in the border now and look forward to next year. When no doubt it will be joined by others!

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  3. I've enjoyed seeing all your snowdrops, Anna. I had no idea before this there were so many different varieties! Although the snow is melting here and we are in for a warm-up, my poor snowdrops are still sitting beneath a pile of snow. I wonder if they will even make an appearance this year.

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  4. You have a lovely snowdrop collection, Anna. That Greenish is gorgeous. I have missed quite a few of my snowdrops being away so long but I have come home today a couple of days early and quite a few are still going strong. Plicatus is always nice and late and is looking good.

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  5. Your greenish snowdrop looks lovely, 'Greenish' or not. I have found a lot of my newbies take two years before they flowered, even if they arrived in flower, so I don't expect them to and have a nice surprise if they do! It's certainly interesting to keep records - I need to update my own plan of course!

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  6. Lovely! I can't wait to see mine emerge. Temps above zero tomorrow so spring must be on its way!

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  7. I've heard they don't flower when planted too deep. Had a few blind ones too but never mind. There's always -hopefully- another year. Greenling is pretty - have a good weekend, Anna :)

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  8. Such a pretty flower for your display to go out on Anna. Good luck with your reorganising later in the year. It's been a thoroughly enjoyable series of blogs. I'm of to a Snowdrop festival in Dunblane tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend!

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  9. I try and tell myself it doesn't matter if a plant has no name, but somehow it's still frustrating! Many of my plants are nameless, partly due to them being given me by friends or having bought them from a garden centre, where names are reduced to the minimum here, i.e. Galamthus. Full stop! Still, your greenish snowdrop is a very pretty one. It seems your collection is coming along nicely Anna. :D

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  10. That's really pretty Anna, such a shame some of them have failed to flower this year, good luck with all that re-potting, hope you get to plant plenty out in the borders, would be interesting to see the difference in flowering times and quality between the two. BTW, any updates on your plant label/plant writing implement experiments? I have a mass of pots with labels that are so faded I have no clue what they are, or, if I can see that they are aquilegias, no clue as to flowering colour! So much for organised planting out in Spring...

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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.