Snowdrop question

Jim McKenney
Mon, 20 Dec 2010 10:43:39 PST
A photo in the January 2011 issue of  Mein schöner Garten had me puzzled and
excited. It seemed to show a Galanthus with a cluster of blooms rather than
the usual one. I kept staring at it wondering what it was – maybe one of the
late-winter/vernal Acis?  


The photo shows Dutch snowdrop enthusiast  Annie Fallinger (according to the
article she grown about 500 sorts) holding a wooden box tray with pots of
blooming snowdrops. What look like multi-flowered stems seem at first glance
to be  in the back row of pots. 


It took me a moment to figure out what I was looking at. It finally dawned
on me: she’s wearing a red jacket which bears two pictures of snowdrops,
bunches of snowdrops. These line up well in the photo with the real
snowdrops she is carrying, so well that they seem to be attached to stems in
the pots. 


There is also a photo of the cultivar ‘Godfrey Owen’ which shows (or rather
is said to have) six inner segments and six outer segments (i.e. double the
usual numbers of each). When we speak of “double snowdrops” we usually mean
those with multiplied inner segments. The term poculiform has been used to
describe those with inners and outers of about the same size.  


Can anyone update us on current usage among galanthomanes?  


Also, to those to whom I have promised snowdrops:  it isn’t going to happen
anytime soon. We’re frozen solid here. Look for them in bloom in the mail in
late winter.  


Jim McKenney

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone

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