Confessions of a snowdrop addict
Another early beauty is G. ‘Three Ships’, so named by John Morley because it never fails to ‘come sailing in on Christmas Day’. In this extraordinarily mild year it is a month early. ‘Merlin’ is a legendary snowdrop with entirely green inner segments. A James Allen seedling, it is strong growing, multiplying very well and flowering in mid-January. G. ‘Tubby Merlin’, raised by E.B. Anderson, is a charming smaller version, honey scented and slightly later. Of the doubles, G. ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ just beats G. ‘Lavinia’ into bloom in mid-January but many growers find the latter shy flowering and have destroyed their stocks. These are just the curtain raisers for the main snowdrop season but with witch hazel and wintersweet, they play an essential part in my winter survival kit.
All images courtesy of Mark Smyth.