While rummaging around, I found evidence that all five snowdrops (special snowdrops, ordered in the green last year) are stirring and will make appearances this year. I take this as a good sign for the new year. I had my doubts as all but one promptly died back after their immediate planting last year.
Snowdrops in the green are very hard to find here, unlike in Great Britain (or so I gather). We are fortunate to have one very good source, Temple Nursery. The varieties available through Temple Nursery are collectors' snowdrops, for the most part, so do not shop there expecting bargain prices. They are in limited supply as well.
(This is what some of those in-the-green arrivals look like. Those are my 2007 moderate-trying-them-out choices. I became more adventuresome in 2008.)
It began as a quest for some giant snowdrops that I saw in Bartholdi Park one year. I know I took a picture of said giant snowdrops, but where that image is...I have no idea. As far as I know, I still haven't located those giant snowdrops for my garden, but I continue to keep my ear and eye out.
While searching for the elusive giant snowdrops picture, I noticed that I had snowdrops blooming as early as Nov and as late as March. Not so in 2008, at least for those winter ones. Snowdrops are coming up, but I've yet to find the first bloom.
In the category of If-I-Could-Do-Whatever-I-Want, I think I'd enjoy visiting Scotland for their Snowdrop Festival. I ran across this last year and the listing seemed much larger, but perhaps the link I have isn't the main one. It's so hard to leave your own garden when it is going gangbusters, but snowdrops have their glory when much else is still resting.
Having said that, I see some of the Hellebores here are getting going...making me wish I had already trimmed their old foliage off.
I'm not much on resolutions per se, but I am going to try to catch up this winter on all the gardens I meant to blog about as well as finish some I have started. (good intentions...)
May all your snowdrops bloom beautifully this year...