Having always admired the humble snowdrop from afar, I decided it was time that this Head Gardener become up close and personal with the delicate Galanthus.
Little did I know what a vast expedition I was about to undertake much like my four year obsession with fungi and subsequently foraging.
This interesting green swatch Galanthus shows a dark green tear on each of the outer tepals.
My interest in foraging became a passion for Snowdrops in the Spring when little else breaks the frozen earth.
Often found dominating church yards in spring time, snowdrops are known as the herald of spring. In fact Galanthus exist in many forms and hybrids, showing variation in flower size, shape and markings.
A sale of a single hybrid bulb with an interesting variation can make the Galanthophiles retreat from the shelter of the woodlands and cemetery’s for unusual drops.
eBay has hosted some recording breaking auctions that must make true Galanthophiles either cringe or count their coins.
Beware the obsession with Snowdrops it kind of creeps up on you and bites you in the pocket.