Gallery of Snowdrops


As I’m starting to see little clumps of snowdrops in people’s gardens on my daily walk, mainly the common single ones (Galanthus nivalis), I thought I’d share a gallery of some of the fancier ones.

Green tipped snowdrops
Clump of snowdrops with green tipped petals

My favourites, though I couldn’t say why, are any that have green markings on the tips of their outer petals.

Some people feel an affection for glum-looking snowdrops that appear to have two green eyes above a downturned mouth. Perhaps it’s a kick-back against the optimistic, first sign of spring image snowdrops generally have. They’re typically expensive, which is perhaps as well. Having a whole garden full of them is a scary thought.

Galanthus elwesii var monostictus 'Three Leaves'
Galanthus elwesii ‘Three Leaves’

If I’d have been naming Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus ‘Three Leaves’, I’d have been more interested in celebrating the very long, elegant, white petals. I have to confess I didn’t even look at the leaves.

Galanthus plicatus is also named because of the leaves, which look like they’ve been folded. The flowers of this particular cultivar are puffed out and have a crinkled texture.

Yellowish snowdrop
Yellowish snowdrop with green cap

Yellow snowdrops are often smaller, daintier plants. This one was half and half and perhaps as a consequence was vigorous.

Yellow snowdrop
Yellow snowdrop

Here’s a true yellow for comparison.

Drift of snowdrops at Ness Botanic Gardens
Drift of snowdrops at Ness Botanic Gardens

Sad-faced snowdrops aside, these sweet little bulbs never look better than when they are planted in drifts. I’ll have to do with admiring clusters this year, but the great thing about photography is I can always look back.

46 Replies to “Gallery of Snowdrops”

  1. Snowdrops are especially fabulous this year, aren’t they? Though ours after a few weeks, are just beginning to be past their best. Ah well. It must mean daffodils are in their way

  2. Beautiful, I’m always crazily excited when I spot the first Snowdrops. Even if I know they might be covered with snow a lot of times before the spring comes. Snowdrops gives me hope about brighter days and warmer weather.

  3. I have a very small clump of the doubles, nothing fancy, but they seem fairly hardy and I am hoping they will spread, they definitely are hardier than the crocuses which have flopped all over in the wind and rain. I am no galanthophile, but I do rather like the yellow one.

    1. The doubles are so chunky looking in comparison. Crocuses are wonderful backlit, but you’re right that they don’t seem to last long.

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