Carolyn’s Shade Gardens Goes International
We interrupt the regularly scheduled flow of posts on this blog with breaking news. The owner of Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is prominently featured in the BBC News Magazine lead article for February 2 entitled “Snowdrop Fanciers and Their Mania”.
All kidding aside, I couldn’t be more thrilled. I am in the company of Matt Bishop and John Grimshaw, two of the authors of the “snowdrop bible” Snowdrops: A Monograph of Cultivated Galanthus, and Chris Ireland-Jones, the owner of the famous English snowdrop nursery Avon Bulbs. You know what a snowdrop fanatic I am so this is the ultimate compliment. To read the article (I am in the second half), click here.
Second Annual Snowdrops & Other Winter Interest Plant Seminars
I am very excited that winter interest plant expert and gardener extraordinaire Charles Cresson has agreed once again to give seminars on Snowdrops and Other Winter Interest Plants just for my customers. The seminars will be limited to 20 people each and will take place in his amazing Swarthmore garden, Hedgleigh Spring. The brochure telling you the details and how to sign up is here. If you are a local gardener and interested in attending, I encourage you to email immediately because I expect these seminars to sell out. For a complete description of the 2011 seminars with many photos, click here.
Since this post is about all things snowdrop, I thought I would show you the first snowdrops to bloom in my garden in 2012:
The common snowdrop, G. nivalis, is blooming a few weeks early. I shot this picture to document the date they opened and had a funny feeling that something wasn’t right. When I uploaded the photos to the computer I realized the plants in the front have four outer segments instead of three—very interesting.
I avidly read the Galanthus threads on the Scottish Rock Garden Club forum where galanthophiles from all over the world meet to obsess about snowdrops. I highly recommend this forum if you are interested in snowdrops and want to learn more. The forumists are some of the most knowledgeable galanthophiles around but very welcoming and eager to share their passion. Several of them commented on the varied markings on the giant snowdrops pictured above which got me outside with my camera to record the marks. Here is what I found:
Every flower in this collage is the same species, G. elwesii, and yet the green marks on the inner segments are all different, from the small single green mark on the middle right flower to the mark that looks like a mustache and eyes in the middle of the bottom row. Although I realize this will not excite most gardeners, at least everyone can see the amazing variety. And variety is the spice of life.
I have recently been honored with the Versatile Blogger Award by four different blogs, and I want to thank them for the accolade. I try to make my blog posts varied and yes versatile (able or meant to be used in many different ways), and I am glad that my efforts are appreciated. I am not following the award rules, but instead letting you know who gave me the award in hopes that you will visit their blogs. Here are the links and some information to entice you to visit them:
Graphicality–UK: Helene is a very accomplished author. You might want to check out her recent post on the book she published with her lovely photos of Kew Gardens. Her current post talks about US grey squirrels invading Britain.
Green Place: Sheila is in Chapel Hill, NC, and reflects on spirituality, nature and gardening. She and I also share a love of Maine islands.
The Amateur Weeder: For a very different perspective, Lyn gardens in Australia and her blog produces “seedlings from the mind of an inconstant gardener.” I particularly liked her recent post called Designed by Nature.
Women and the Garden: Patty writes about “the history of the garden and the various roles women played in that history,” and it is all absolutely fascinating. She doesn’t post often, but when she does you don’t want to miss it. Her latest post is on Pomona, the roman goddess of fruiting trees and orchards.
Facebook: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens now has a Facebook page where I can post single photos, garden tips, and other information that don’t fit into a blog post. You can look at my Facebook page here or click the Like button on my right sidebar here.
Calendar: If you would like to look at my photos all year round, please consider buying my 2012 calendar, available worldwide, 20% off through 2/5/12. For details, click here.
Nursery Happenings: To view the 2012 Snowdrop Catalogue, click here. I am currently accepting orders—snowdrops are available mail order. The Snowdrops and Other Winter Interest Plant Seminars are also available for registration here. The Friday seminar has one space left, and there are three spaces on Monday. Look for an exciting new hellebore offering in February 2012.
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