Ernie O'Byrne
Sun, 18 Jan 2004 21:09:28 PST
John brings up an interesting quandry and, since I am new to the snowdrop
world and don't really consider myself a "true" galanthaphile (or does
spending $200 on snowdrops in one go put one in that category?), I do have a
question that perhaps someone (John Grimshaw?) can answer.

In large garden drifts of a particular cultivar that have been enlarged by
vegetative propagation--division or scaling--how does one normally keep the
group from getting "polluted" with self-sown seedlings? Is it necessary to
try to find all the seed before it pops and, if more seedlings are wanted
(for different looking plants), sow them in pots or away from the drift? Or
do people usually just go through the drifts looking for the oddity and
rogue it out? It would seem that that would allow for some genetic drift.

Surely even 100 yards/meters is not much for a bee, so I would think that
they would not come anywhere close to true.

Ernie O'Byrne
Northwest Garden Nursery
86813 Central Road
Eugene ORegon 97402-9284
USDA Zone 8a officially, but really Z. 7b
Phone: 541 935-3915
FAX: 541 935-0863

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of John Lonsdale
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2004 3:23 PM
To: 'Pacific Bulb Society'
Subject: RE: [pbs] Snowdrops

With reference to the recent snowdrop thread, but absolutely no criticism of
any of the contributors, I love the use of phrases such as "can be" or "in
some cases" it "can be", "are usually" and "most likely to be the latter as
it is more readily available".

When dealing with the classification and identification of over 700 named
species and varieties of snowdrops it is vital to use terms and criteria
such as the above in order to be truly definitive.  I defy anyone,
especially Galanthus experts, to accurately identify more than 5-10% of any
of the snowdrops put in front of them. <snip>

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