Snow, and Snowdrops

Judy Glattstein
Sun, 18 Jan 2004 11:37:19 PST
We have managed to rise above the worst of the freezer temperatures, a scant
half degree above zero Fahrenheit. With no snow cover, that is frigid
indeed. Currently, we're flirting right around the freezing point, there are
a couple of inches of snow on the ground, and a layer of sleet/ rain
intermixed to make things interesting. If it freezes hard tonight, my
driveway will remain a toboggan run terminating in the neighbor's sheep
pasture until spring.

Mark suggested that my mention of Galanthus caucasicus a while back, was
most likely referencing a plant now known as Galanthus elwesii v.
monostrictus. Doing a bit of research, I came upon G. elwesii v. hyemalis as
an alternative option. Any comments?

Mark also asked what other snowdrops I might be growing. I know I have the
following, but in some instances their labels are gone, washed out in a
heavy rain that turned the path into a streambed. There are lots of G.
ikariae latifolius aka woronowii, with bright green leaves, a good doer that
seems happy wherever it is planted. 'Desdemona' is one of the prettier
doubles, also easily pleased. A strange situation - I know I moved lots of
G. nivalis 'Virid-Apice' from my Connecticut garden. Can't find a one, and
instead seem to have masses of a double snowdrop with faint green markings
on the three outer petals. Any explanation to suggest? I had been given G.
nivalis regina-olgae which did well for about 5 years, multiplying nicely
and flowering right around October 16th. Three years ago, they all vanished,
not a one remains. Sure would like her back again. Then there's 'Atkinsii',
'Magnet', 'Mighty Atom', G. elwesii.

I'm fond of snowdrops. They make a delightful addition to the garden,
care-free, and in my vole & deer-infested woods are pest resistant.

Judy in the winter wonderland of western New Jersey

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