According to my Taylor's Guide Bulbs, Snowdrops signal the start of our growing season...so, welcome to the 2009 Season of Blooms!
As we can see (thanks to the wonders of a macro lens), these are two different varieties. The inner segments (known as tepals) are quite different in their display of green...but without the help of the camera, we'd have to lie on the ground next to them to really see it well.
These are the earliest of my snowdrops to bloom. The bottom picture is the one that I showed on January 10th, now open. The top picture, I am pleased to see, is beginning to make its own small clump, increasing from what appeared to be just one surviving bulb some years ago.
Evidence that other snowdrops are stirring is around, so I look forward with anticipation at being able to compare them with one another. With perfect timing, the catalog from Temple Nursery arrived yesterday and I am eagerly making my choices. I won't delay because these are rare and precious....and I want some! Today's mail will carry my order out...which I will receive probably in April.
There was a little note in the new catalog which I hope Mr. Lyman won't mind my quoting:
But every garden needs a patch of Galanthus nivalis by the doostep to announce the spring.
Yes, indeed...however, my own doorstep...amazingly...doesn't have any. But, next year....it will.