Snowdrops in the Pipeline

 

Galanthus 'Pieces of Eight'

‘Pieces of Eight’ is a new snowdrop found by renowned snowdrop hunter Veronica Cross.

Michael and I just returned from two weeks in England visiting famous snowdrop venues and meeting the rock stars of the galanthus world.  We found our way to Welford Park, Painswick Rococo Garden, Colesbourne Park, Avon Bulbs, East Lambrook Manor Garden (Margery Fish), Rodmarton Manor, the RHS Spring Show at Vincent Square, North Green Snowdrops, and Gelli Uchaf Garden in Wales. 

And, even more fun, we spent time with Sir Henry and Lady Carolyn Elwes at Colesbourne, Alan Street at Avon and the RHS Show (plus Maxine and Mickey), Simon Biddulph at Rodmarton, Phil Cornish in his garden, John Morley at North Green, and Julian and Fiona Wormald in their Welsh garden.  Thank you to all our wonderful hosts.

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Galanthus 'Pieces of Eight'‘Pieces of Eight’ combines a very bold form of the ‘Trym’/’Trumps’ type marking with the fuller, rounder look that I prefer in a snowdrop.  I predict a big price on UK eBay if that hasn’t already happened.

1,500 photos later it is hard to know where to start especially since it is time for me to focus on shipping snowdrops.  However, I thought it would be easy and fun to highlight some of the amazing snowdrops that are coming down the pipeline or have been very recently introduced.  So here is a sneak preview of developments in the snowdrop world.

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Galanthus 'Neckless Wonder'Matt Bishop named this snowdrop ‘Neckless Wonder’ because it has no pedicel attaching it to the stem—not an endearing name but certainly descriptive.  It is fun to be able to look straight into the flowers.

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Galanthus 'Fiona's Gold' nivalisAlthough ‘Fiona’s Gold’, a G. nivalis cultivar, has been around for a few years, it really stood out for its bright yellow color.  Most of the yellow snowdrops we saw looked anemic compared to what I am used to in the states because they need sun to turn gold, and there isn’t any over there.  Michael and I expected terrible weather (and dressed for it), and we weren’t disappointed.  It was freezing cold, damp, and raining or snowing most of the time we were there.

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Galanthus 'Compu.Ted'This charming snowdrop called ‘Compu.Ted’ was in the Avon RHS display.  I was so busy helping to set up the exhibit and taking photos that I didn’t have a chance to ask Alan Street about the name.  Edit: According to Emma Thick, it is one of John Sales’s snowdrops named after his grandson who works with/likes computers.  Thanks, Emma!

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Galanthus 'Miss Prissy'‘Miss Prissy’ with her outward facing stance really stood out.  I wonder if she is named after the spinster hen in Looney Tunes.

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Galanthus 'Joy Cozens'‘Joy Cozens’ is not new but it was the first time I saw an orange tip in person—it really is orange!

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Galanthus 'Anglesey Orange Tip' elwesiiI was also thrilled to see this thriving clump of ‘Anglesey Orange Tip’.  None of the flowers opened while I was there so I don’t know if they maintain their orange hue.

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Galanthus NGZZZ-R-OVXVXPI thought this un-named snowdrop at North Green was gorgeous.

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Galanthus gracilis 'Andreas Fault' Matt BishopA lovely G. gracilis cultivar named ‘Andreas Fault’ by Matt Bishop.  Is it named for the San Andreas Fault in California or did Andrea do something wrong?  Edit: According to Janet Benjafield, it is named for Andy Byfield by Matt Bishop, a teasing name.  Thanks, Janet.

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Galanthus 'Long John Silver'Veronica Cross, sticking with the Treasure Island theme, calls this beauty ‘Long John Silver’.  Edit:  According to Janet Benjafield, Treasure Island refers to a patch in Veronica’s garden that yielded these new snowdrops.

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Galanthus 'Treasure Island'This is Veronica’s ‘Treasure Island’, a star money maker.  Unfortunately, it’s closed like many of the snowdrops I saw and photographed.  When it is cold, gray, and raining every day, you get desperate and take the photo anyway.  I never realized how lucky we American galanthophiles are with all our sun.

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Galanthus 'Grave Concern'Another gorgeous snowdrop—just look at those outers—from Alan Street and  named inadvertently ‘Grave Concern’.  Quite a somber name for such a beautiful flower, apparently it was found in a graveyard.

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Galanthus 'Golden Fleece' plicatusMy only sighting of the record holder for most expensive snowdrop, ‘Golden Fleece’.  A little out of focus as I was on the east coast of England with the wind howling in from the North Sea and snow was falling.  I always wonder if the name is a play on words.
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Galanthus 'Midas' seedling‘Golden Fleece’ is going to be given a run for its money by another yellow Trym-form about to hit the market, ‘Midas’.  This is actually a ‘Midas’ seedling as the real thing wasn’t open yet.
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Galanthus 'Dragonfly'Veronica Cross gave us ‘Wasp’ and now this beautiful and more substantial insect ‘Dragonfly’.
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Galanthus 'Dragonfly'A swarm of ‘Dragonflys’ at the Avon RHS Show.

Who knows when any of these gorgeous snowdrops will be available in the US, but at least we know what’s coming.

Carolyn

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29 Responses to “Snowdrops in the Pipeline”

  1. Cyril Thompson Says:

    Beautiful

  2. Hedy Cohen Says:

    Hi Carolyn I would like to order 1 7 gallon Edgeworthia Hedy Cohen

  3. Laurie Lewis Says:

    Thanks Carolyn. Swooning here! Can’t wait to see the rest of your photos.

  4. Margot McKee Says:

    Thank you for inspiration.

  5. richard Sutton Says:

    Dear Carolyn,If they are still available I would like to add to my previous order G. Nivalis  (Blewbury tart) 2 pots and G. Nivalis (Common Snowdrop) 4pots. Please advise. Sincerely,Richard Sutton

  6. Hello Carolyn and Michael,
    Thanks for the kind mention, and the card, and as we said in the email, it was lovely that you travelled the extra miles to come and see us. It was a delight to meet you both after all these years of WP’ing!!
    The snowdrop pics above are fantastic, and clearly I need to look out for Fiona’s Gold…
    But also it’s great to see photos of the whole plants, in the case of many of them.
    I’d never thought about the opening issue before your comment on your visit here, but in a season like this, for many Brit galanthophiles, 95% of the time the flowers are closed, so the niceties of the inner segment markings are less important than the overall effect of flower shape, foliage, and overall aesthetics and proportions, so well done for pointing this out.
    We’re off to Colesbourne this week! Very excited, and look forward to more pics from your UK trip in due course,
    very warmest wishes to you both,
    Julian and Fiona

    • Julian and Fiona, Yes, you do need to find ‘Fiona’s Gold’ for the brilliant yellow color and especially the name. One of the things that I discovered on the trip is that I am a snowdrop leaf person. The plants that I was drawn to had beautiful flowers, but don’t they all, and in addition interesting leaves and habit, making the whole plant stand out. That’s what I like about your unidentified plant. It was wonderful to be able to view and photograph large clumps or even drifts—you just don’t see this in the US. I can’t wait to hear about your trip to Colesbourne. Carolyn

      • Thanks Carolyn – I was making just this point to some garden visitors yesterday 0 Grumpy might be a fun name, and have quirky markings, but actually I think the flowers are a bit small in proportion to the wide leaves. I took a few of the X valentinei to raise funds for our gardening club on Wednesday, and everyone loved them too!
        best wishes
        Julian

  7. joannseaver Says:

    I, too, would like to buy a Penny’s Pink Hellebore. If you get them in please let me know. Thanks. JoAnn Seaver >

  8. Bernie Wong Says:

    Great photos!

  9. Lovely to see all the new snowdrops. I hope that as a nursery you are able to bring some back for your collection and future divisions and sales!

    • Klaus, I wish it was as easy as seeing special snowdrops for sale in England and bringing them home. However, snowdrops are endangered in the wild so they are covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and can’t cross into the US without expensive and time consuming permits. That’s why they are so rare and so expensive. So, no, nothing came home with me. Carolyn

  10. What a wonderful time you had!! There are many, many more varieties of these lovely flowers than I have ever known! I have only the snowflakes left at my house! (They are prolific!)

  11. Elizabeth Harpham Says:

    Dear Carolyn,

    We so enjoyed your article about your trip to England! You are turning us into “Galanthophiles” – not sure how to spell this!

    Is your Winter aconite showing yet? I’m not sure if this plant responds to the warmer weather and comes up before March.

    Thank you,

    Elizabeth Janoski

    White Oak Farm

  12. I LOVED seeing your photos and reading about all the gardens you visited and gardeners you met. That’s number one on my list of trips I’d like to take someday. Seeing all those snowdrop gardens had to be heaven! Were other early things blooming also, maybe witch hazels? Looking forward to your blog – am I on the list?

    • Starr, It was heaven seeing all the snowdrops and meeting all the people that I had only read about before. Everyone was very kind and welcoming while they patiently walked me around their freezing cold and wet gardens! I actually had to ask John Morley for a tea break halfway through because I was afraid I would become a permanent ice sculpture in his garden. But I went out again after un-thawing so Diana, his wife, said I must be really keen!!! Cyclamen, witch hazel, aconite, leucojum, viburnum, wintersweet, sarcococca, and much more all in bloom. I am confused about what list you are referring to. Carolyn

  13. What a wonderful 2 weeks you had, such a pity you didn’t come further West as that was where the sunshine was. The snowdrops here enjoyed the extra warmth and opened their petals showing all their markings, no snow this far west. You saw lots of lovely new snowdrops, but I am rapidly running out of room for any extra ones!

    • Pauline, EVen though we were there for two weeks, we didn’t visit lots of places we wanted to go, and we did way too much driving. But it was worth it. I have a lot of room for snowdrops but I am not sure how many I want to keep track of. I haven’t reached my limit yet. Carolyn

  14. Absolutely gorgeous!

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