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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

2009 Season of Blooms....Snowdrops

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.

15 comments:

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Posts like this are what get me through the winter--snowdrop reports from around milder parts of the world encourage me that i'll make it through to spring here, in about three months time. Or so....

Chandramouli S said...

That's a pretty bloom and I should thank your camera skills! Great photos.

Gotta Garden said...

Hang in there, Jodi...there's actually snow on the ground here today...and possibly more tomorrow. But, spring will come! For us, it's mostly getting through Feb. which can have some tough weather...

Awww, thanks Chandramouli....I am still such an infant in those skills...but I will get keep working at it!

Ilona said...

I love those delicate blooms. Right now who knows what is going on beneath our snow ?

Sue said...

I think I planted some of those here in 5b Nebraska. I don't think they are coming up yet, but the Dutch Iris are. I wonder if that means the snowdrops are not going to.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Wow...I never even thought to think that there could be different varieties of snowdrops.

I'm hoping that some time during the 54 years my new house has around SOMEONE planted snowdrops.

Or SOME spring bulbs. I'm looking for green tips out there....

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Hello-I'm your neighbor right up the road! I'm in Woodbridge (Lake Ridge area). I don't have snowdrops planted & wish I did, but I'm keeping them in mind for another year. Do you still have snow on the ground? Ours left days ago. It's very sunny and pleasant today, although at 7:30 it was about 12 degrees. Our weather should be about the same, right?

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

On my last comment, I didn't realize you had left me a comment down on the 'roses' post. I just read it. Good. I was wondering if you had, just to know you are aware of the close proximity of our gardens. It sounds like are involved in various horticultural groups? I didn't read through, so don't have a clue. I'm certain you have a lovely garden. I don't have roses...only the easy kind, carpet roses. I try to have 'self-care' plants if possible!!

Marlene Affeld said...

Very much enjoy your blog and lovely photos - every fall I plant dozens of bulbs - looking forward to Spring to delight in new growth and renewal. Happy gardening.

Raquel at Cool Garden Things said...

Oh snowdrops!
I so can't wait to see the first snowdrops...still buried in snow here in Michigan...*sigh*...

Shady Gardener said...

Just beautiful! I planted some last Fall (my first). This is indeed a reason to anticipate Spring! Thanks for sharing (and it's fun to know what's already on your wish list!) ;-)

EAL said...

wow--I won't be seeing those for a month or more! I have experimented with different types, but I fear that the ones I had to pave over were the best.

Colleen Wms said...

They are beautiful. It reminds me of the bag of snowdrop bulbs I still have and never put in this Fall.
I had some in the ground from other years but I haven't seen them bloom yet.

Gotta Garden said...

So true, llona...thinking good thoughts...

Don't give up on them yet, Sue...I think my Dutch Iris have been up for a while, too...

Fingers crossed for you there, Jill...I like your attitude!

It is very nice to know another garden blogger is so nearby! By the time I have gotten around to this, Jan, we are enjoying some very nice weather. I'm sure we haven't seen the last of the rotten weather, though.

Hello there Marlene...how lovely that sounds...I hope your spring reward makes all the fall planting worthwhile for you!

Hi Raquel...These are just the earliest ones...I bet we might even have some overlap.

Hello Shady Gardener....well, I am always wishing for more! We just have to get through February...

Oh EAL, I am sorry you weren't able to rescue them first! Please don't tell me they were the giant ones that I can never seem to find...just kidding. There are always more snowdrops, right?

Yikes, Colleen...except...last year, I, too found some late...and you know what...they were still good! Maybe yours will be, too.

Thanks everyone for coming by!

Sue said...

Thanks, and now, they have a new blanket of snow to melt and give them a big drink before they come up and bloom.

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