Gallery of Snowdrops

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.

Gallery of Yellow Flowers II

Cutting garden at Lindisfarne Island
Cutting garden at Lindisfarne

As the world outside is frosty, it’s great to have been prompted to share some more yellow flowers and bask for a while in their warm, cheerful shades. I’ve looked for different intensities of colours from soft, almost greyish to pure and bright and have included some rarities and commoners. For anyone in need of an extra fix, my first gallery is here.

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Magnolia x soulangeana

Magnolia x soulangeana

In the world of home decor, magnolia is a best-selling colour that outlasts every new craze because it is so easy to live with, but its biggest fan would not call it exciting. On the inside of the loose, cup shaped flowers held on a magnolia tree, the sheeny colour has all the allure you could hope for, especially when backed with pink, as here. Continue reading “Magnolia x soulangeana”