Snowdrops an Addictive Spring time Obsession for Galanthophiles

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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.

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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 this fine example of a Snowdrop.

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My interest in foraging became a passion for Snowdrops in the Spring when little else breaks the frozen earth.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Snowdrop days are a breath of fresh air for estates and gardens that are blessed my the beauty of the Snowdrop.

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Stephen Pryce-Lea

Head Gardener and International Horticultural Consulatant




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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”


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