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Tracey - i would consider that remark a seal of approval
We only moved here in may last year so I was delighted to find these. I've never seen such big ones before though
I have in the past bought "in the green" but the following year have had roughly a 40% survival rate.
This year I bought dry bulbs from JPD and planted them in pots in a cold frame, currently from 100 bulbs have 64 plants 15 of which are in flower, others are still just showing through the soil.
"You pays your money and takes your choice"
The one I am looking at on E-bay is now £126
Not sure if those are Galanthus nivalis ,Lulu. they could be G woronovii which is a bigger plant altogether. Hard to tell without seeing a leaf and a flower, inside and out.
I have one called 'Lyn' which is large and about at the flowering stage of Lulu's.
It's an Atkinsii type. Always first, way ahead of anything else
There are a few larger ones which are difficult to tell apart until you see a lot more details.
G. Brenda Troyle is another larger one flowering about now.
Just found G. Dionysus in flower, forgotten I had that, but G Wendy's Gold seems to have died on me.
I would like to get hold of the species rather than the forms though.
I lioke to have the species, they can just seed about and be happy.
I've never bought a named form but I have been given a few by a collector friend. I don't really like having to look after them and keep them separate and labelled. But feel obliged as the friend visits often
Are the 'traditional' English snowdrops small and perhaps bigger ones are imports ?
Have no evidence to back up this theory just a thought!
I would say so as a general rule Blubell
I may have just purchased 300 snowdrops in the free for £21.50! Accidently, obviously
We have a galanthophile in the village who opens his garden to visitors in Feb - will take my camera this year and post some pics. It really is quite a sight. I have bought a few named ones from him - magnet, james backmore, sam arnott and brenda froyle - can't tell them apart unless i check the labels
The size of the flowers etc. is affected by the growing conditions. If one feeds G. nivalis then you do get a longer stem and a fatter flower. The provenance of the bulb has little to do with its ultimate girth. There are varieties of G. nivalis (the soi-dit 'native' Snowdrop) which are genetically programmed to produced bigger flowers. Some of the species also are bigger than nivalis and there are also giants amongst these too. There are also the opposite, much smaller forms as well.