The snowdrops have opened! Last week I was lamenting their slowness, though I don’t think I am alone there, a lot of the people whose garden stories I follow also seem to have snowdrops that have been reluctant to show their faces. I do like them like this too though, they remind me of a chandelier.
I didn’t plant these snowdrops. We moved into this house last year, we had our first viewing in February and I remember seeing snowdrops in the lawn then, so this year I have been eagerly looking out for their return, and one morning a few weeks ago in a rare daylight hour at home I spied some dots of white at the far end of the garden and was thrilled to go out and see them. They have stayed like this for weeks now, showing no signs of opening up.
Well, we’ve had a few hours of sunshine in the last few days and I think that might be what’s tempted them to open; perhaps they know this means the pollinating insects are more likely to be out? Whatever it is, I know that nature knows best and my impatience against the natural course wasn’t going to change their minds about when best to open.
However, now that they are finally open I can have a go at identifying them. The ones in the lawn are a single, I think probably regular Galanthus nivalis.
In the border there are a few doubles, I think they are Galanthus nivalis f. pleniflorus ‘Flore Pleno’. These are the ones I cut to bring inside for this week’s In a Vase on Monday, along with some of the ivy that is romping up my garage wall.
In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden and unites gardeners around the world to share what’s growing wherever they are.