Fall Blooming Snowdrops

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Sat, 19 Dec 2009 18:02:39 PST
What a nice initial post, Charles. Welcome to this group. I had to laugh
when I read in the first paragraph that you are “not above using clothes!”
This had me speculating about  what sort of neighborhood you might live in.
Was there, I wondered, a Swartmore nudist colony? Perhaps your concession to
using clothes was due to deep snow which now buries our gardens? The last
paragraph cleared up my misunderstanding, but to tell the truth I was
enjoying it so much that a slower approach to the denouement might have been

I think those of us here in eastern North America who have acquired these
early blooming snowdrops should  now start to name or number them, determine
their true season of bloom, make crosses them among them, and in general
make an effort to firmly establish a tradition of fall blooming snowdrops
for our eastern gardens. Yes, in a bad year it will all be for naught. But
in a good year, and lately the good years seem to outnumber the bad ones, we
will then have a varied and profuse beginning to the annual snowdrop season.

I’m glad to hear of your success with Galanthus reginae-olgae north of me.
But I’m betting on the snowdrops of the Galanthus elwesii group to provide
the most varied and reliable snowdrops for our late fall and early winter

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone
7, where the snow piles seem to be over two feet deep right now - and it's
still coming down!
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