Nursery News: Charles Cresson’s Winter Interest Seminar has been rescheduled to March 23, to register click here. The 2014 Snowdrop Catalogue, featuring snowdrops and other winter interest plants like cyclamen and hellebores, is posted here, and we are taking orders now for mail order and pick up at the nursery in March. We will be selling snowdrops and hellebores at Winterthur on March 8, details below and here. Customers with questions should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before I get to current events at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens, I want to encourage you to come to this year’s Bank to Bend lecture at Winterthur on Saturday, March 8. The featured speaker is Matt Bishop, one of the foremost snowdrop experts in the U.K. and the principal author of Snowdrops: A Monograph of Cultivated Galanthus, commonly referred to as the snowdrop bible. Carolyn’s Shade Gardens will be selling a nice selection of snowdrops, cyclamen, hellebores, and other spring flowers. The official details are below.
Celebrate the winter garden at Winterthur at our annual Bank to Bend event! This year’s featured speaker is Matt Bishop, famous snowdrop enthusiast and author of Snowdrops: A Monograph of Cultivated Galanthus. Snowdrops, winter interest plants, and plants propagated from the Winterthur Garden will be on sale. Lecture at 11:00 am; plant sale from 10:00 am-3:30 pm; garden open 10:00 am to dusk, with a special tour of the March Bank beginning at 1:00 pm. $10 per Member, $20 per nonmember. Free for WGLS and Garden Associate Members. Registration includes admission to the garden. To register, call 800.448.3883.
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WINTERTHUR MUSEUM, GARDEN & LIBRARY
WINTERTHUR, DE 19735
.For those of you who visit in the spring, this is the front walk right now.
You may be wondering what is going on at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens—-I know I am :-). Last year at this time (and every recent year that I remember), snowdrops, cyclamen, hellebores, and lots of other plants were up and blooming in my garden. I was almost done potting all the snowdrops for mail order and pick up and had started thinking about hellebores. This year most of my garden is still under at least a foot of snow. The snowdrops are frozen into the ground, which is as hard as a rock despite a few recent days in the mid-50s.
Nevertheless, despite our frigid weather and constant deep snow cover, the minute a patch of snowdrops melts through it springs up and into bloom seemingly overnight. This never fails to lift my flagging spirits, and I thought you might like to see these brave little snowdrops in action.
This patch of snowdrops started blooming a few days before Christmas. Because it was so big and beautiful, I covered it with a plastic box before all the snow and ice started (you can see the outline in the photo), and this is what I found when I removed it.
That is about all that is going on at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens right now. If you have ordered snowdrops, I am hoping to start shipping in about two weeks (it was February 25 last year). Eventually, the snow will melt, the ground will unfreeze, and the plants will “catch up”. Meanwhile the ten-day forecast predicts highs 15 to 20 degrees lower than our normal average and five nights with lows in the teens, brrrrr.
Nursery Happenings: We will be selling snowdrops and hellebores at Winterthur on March 8, details here. To register for Charles Cresson’s Winter Interest Plants Seminar click here. We are now taking orders, for mail order or pick up in March, from the 2014 Snowdrop Catalogue, featuring snowdrops and other winter interest plants like cyclamen and hellebores. To access the catalogue, please click here. Please visit my Etsy Shop to purchase beautiful photo note cards suitable for all occasions, including a new set of snowdrop cards, by clicking here.
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