Jane McGary
Mon, 02 Feb 2004 10:53:45 PST
Kathy Stokmanis did not indicate where she lives, but her mentioning 
gophers in her question about predators suggests she is in western North 

In my experience snowdrops are not preyed on by mammals of any kind, or by 
slugs. Their main predator is the large bulb fly, or narcissus fly, which 
is widespread in the western USA and, I assume, western Canada, as well as 
in Britain and Europe; I don't know if it is in other places. Snowdrops 
planted in shady areas seem to be protected from these insects to some 
extent, as do narcissus. Valuable snowdrops can be covered with Reemay or 
some other cover that is permeable to air but not to insects when they are 
through flowering and the leaves begin to soften, but before they turn 
yellow. I have now grouped my potted snowdrops to facilitate this and after 
just one year had almost no infestation.

North American gardeners who wish to acquire connoisseurs' Galanthus can 
buy them from the Temple Nursery, Box 591, Trumansburg, NY 14886; catalog 
$2, no e-mail. Mr. Lyman, the proprietor, ships them "in the green" (in 
growth) after the older British method, but all those I bought survived. 
The prices are very, very high, but I felt I ought to buy some to thank Mr. 
Lyman for contributing to the Rock Garden Quarterly. (There is a lesson in 
that for some of you -- start writing and send your catalogs, though I 
won't go so far as to buy a Crinum or Lycoris!) My own summer list includes 
a few species and cultivars, shipped dormant in slightly moist medium, and 
no, I won't have G. reginae-olgae in 2004, you must wait until 2005 and 
make juju against the bulb fly.

In flower here on February 1 are Galanthus fosteri, 'Magnet', 'Atkinsii', 
G. nivalis 'Simplex' (whatever that is), G. plicatus 'Dionysus', and G. 
elwesii (larger form) in the garden, and quite a number of smaller or 
recently acquired  ones in pots.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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