Snowdrops in the Washington Post

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:24:15 PST
The atricle was great for neophytes. And does not talk down. I liked its tone.
And I am sure he was refering to all the craze on cultivars. That is recent.
G. nivalis and G. plicatus too, often is an extremely old garden plant in many countries but galanthomania is new.
Cultivars were always a plantsmens province until recently.

> Message du 21/02/13 17:41
> De : "Rodger Whitlock" 
> A : "Pacific Bulb Society" 
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> Objet : Re: [pbs] Snowdrops in the Washington Post

> I found the article another product of today's faux journalism. It was 
> superficial in the extreme, exuding an odor of "oooh, lookie at the odd things 
> people like." And no effort was made, afaict, to look into snowdrop culture in 
> the US, which is alive and well in the Pacific Northwest west of the Cascades. 
> And, very likely, other places. 
> The reporter appeared to think that a taste for snowdrops is something new in 
> the New World. Not so. I have Galanthus nivalis that originally came around the 
> Horn in 1850 when Vancouver Island was first being settled by Europeans, and 
> I'm confident that there are many plantings traceable much further back than 
> that along the eastern seaboard.
> I'm not a member of the cult of the snowdrop; I like them, but can't get myself 
> worked up about the very minor variations between many cultivars. Nonetheless, 
> it's a subject that deserves better than what the Washington Post has printed.
> [The G. nivalis I have are the same as all the rest; their historicity is not 
> horticulturally significant.]
> -- 
> Rodger Whitlock

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