I have a weakness for late season clearance sales on bulbs, so it’s no surprise that I again ordered (among other things) a few more snowdrops for forcing indoors. The snowdrops I chose are galanthus elwesii and for me they seem to be the best snowdrop sort to buy as a dry bulb (as opposed to other sorts which tend to arrive dried out too much and can be difficult to revive). They were potted up in early December, kept in a cool (40s-50s) location for a few weeks, and are now sprouting and blooming…. in spite of the January mouse attacks which reduced their numbers by half.
I think the blooming of the first forced snowdrop is as good an opportunity as any to introduce you to the snowdrop page which I put together this winter. It’s mostly just a listing of cool snowdrop sites and links which I’ve stumbled across on the web while dreaming away winter and praying for spring, but I’m hoping it will be of interest to others. That’s the positive side to it. The negative is that it might be a sign my snowdrop-curiosity is drifting into obsession. Please don’t judge me 🙂
To get to the snowdrop page, click the tab on top, or find it under the menu… or just click <here> . Hope you enjoy it!
It’s a great obsession to have – these truly are dainty and brave little bulbs 🙂
Yes, and how can an obsession with such a small unassuming bulb cause any real problems?
Love the snowdrop page. I’ll be taking a look at some of those links now. 🙂
P.S. That German site is excellent for photos and info… sadly not updated, but I found the new version here:
It is heart-warming to see a snowdrop collection in Germany, even if it is too far away for a day trip (on the Dutch border); there is little interest in my region but perhaps the fever will eventually spread to here too! The “Judy’s Snowdrops” link is also useful as her garden is very near my parents in Northamptonshire, UK, so I have passed on the info to my Mum who will no doubt ring up and arrange a visit! Thanks so much for all those links! 🙂
Cathy I’m glad you enjoyed the links and found a new garden! I just spent way too much time on your link, I can do a little German so maybe snowdrops will be the reason I polish my skills back up!
I could see you developing a little snowdrop obsession yourself, I think your garden woodlands just call out for more snowdrops scattered throughout! (Just as soon as the real snow disappears)
I won’t say anything about your snowdrop obsession if you don’t say anything about my tulip obsession. Is that called enabling?
You barely have a tulip obsession and I barely have a snowdrop ‘thing’…. Let’s just leave it at that 😉
That’s right! I can quit any time I want.
I never really got into the specially snowdrops and only have the common ones. My friend Carolyn, listed on your snowdrop page, still has not got me hooked yet, but she does sell many neat varieties.
If Carolyn couldn’t get you hooked on snowdrops I think you’re safe from the infection!