Where is Amy Doncaster??

Wednesday, February 13. 2019
The snowdrops look really lovely glistening in the sun. But where oh where is last year's extravagant purchase of the delectable snowdrop Amy Doncaster? A plicatus variety with green marks on her outer segments which made her very desirable to me and must be the reason for the investment. She was planted in a choice position near the path as befitted the eye watering price. But so far not a sign of her - not even a wisp of green leaf. Now I have only the label to remind me of my recklessness.
I comfort myself that Kildare, which is equally gorgeous with lovely green outers and very nice dark green inners is forming a mini clump already and did not cost half as much.
This weekend is our NGS snowdrop event. We are open for three days, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and the weather looks as if it will be kind so I hope lots of people will come to share our delight in our growing collection and the naturalised planting of nivalis in the wood which is nearly a carpet now.

More snowdrops

Tuesday, January 29. 2019
These grey and icy days are only made bearable by the bright lights of our snowdrops many of which are now in full flower. Most days I walk round the garden looking out for new arrivals on the scene. Clare Blakeway-Philips now forms a good group with its lime green ovaries and elegant drooping stems. John Gray stands out beautifully though it flourishes better in dry weather as its flowers tend to droop and any rain spatters them with mud. One of the delights in venturing out in the cold is finding some of last year's treasures emerging once again. Fragile Blonde Inge which I did not expect to see again has appeared as has Primrose Warburg, a charming yellow from a famous garden.