I was recommended G. plicatus ‘Augustus’, which, when I looked it up, is described as having short, broad leaves perfectly complemented by chubby, puckered flowers. It was named for E.A. Bowles (Edward Augustus Bowles). Another that I bought was G. ‘Galatea’, which is very similar to G. ‘Magnet’ but the v mark on the inner segment of G.‘Galatea’ is almost a perfect right angle and usually shows a kink or bend in the pedicel behind the ovary. I will look forward to trying to identify these differences!
On another stall I bought a ‘Kite’ – Galanthus elwesii ‘Kite’, that is – but I am in something of a quandary. One book I have says that when it’s behaving itself it produces two flowers on separate pedicels from the same scape but that this behaviour can vary from year to year. Some websites I’ve looked at mention this feature but others don’t and just say what a large and beautiful flower it has. And the clump I saw in the Chelsea Physic Garden last week only had one flower per stem. So, that’s something else to keep an eye on – I’m going to be busy!
When you’ve had your fill of Galanthus, you can feast your eyes on winter aconites, Eranthis hyamelis, which grow well with and make a good contrast to the white snowdrops.