Tuesday, July 26, 2016

More from this Galanthophile

Galanthus Kite this variety usually makes two stems each with a separate flower to each bulb, it may also produce twin headed flowers to each stem. A lovely strong grower with clean markings.

Galanthus Spindlestone Surprise this is another strong grower with yellow ovary and yellow markings, from Plant Hunters Tasmania. I'm not sure what keeps nipping the flower heads off on my Galanthus and just leaving them on the ground for me, but I wish they wouldn't.

Galanthus Fanny from Winton seed UK from 2010, it flowered 2015 with no green markings on the petals and 2016 the green markings have appeared (below) of course this will not be true, probably because it is a hybrid, but none the less it is beautiful 2 bulbs came up from seed. It is supposed to have a nice diffuse X-shape markings of course this may or may not be, we will have to wait and see.

Galanthus nivalis Pewsey Green Tips from plant Hunters Tasmania. This Galanthus has been in cultivation since 1938  from the village of Pewsey, of couse just to make things difficult there is a Galanthus called Pusey Green Tip from the village of Pusey the two Galanthus are reported as being the same but G. Pewsey Green Tips is slightly taller.

Galanthus transcaucasicus synonyms G. artjuschenkoae I raised Galanthus artjuschenkoae from seed from a Czec seed company, not knowing it was Galanthus transcaucasicus. I have since found out that Galanthus artjuschenkoae was named after a Russian botanist.

Galanthus Desdemona has not multiplied all that well for me from Glenbrook bulbs 1996 I bought 3 bulbs and still only have 5. Desdemona a character that appears in Shakespeare's Othello.

Galanthus Straffan my favourite Galanthus from Otto in 1982 one of my oldest Galanthus in my collection. Apart from G. nivalis Flore Pleno and Scharlockii,  G. Straffan is the oldest extant snowdrop cultivar. Its history began in 1858 when Frederick Bedford head gardener at Straffan House, County Kildare, Eire, found it as a single bulb producing two flowers growing amongst some G. plicatus brought back from the Valley of Tchernaya at the end of the Crimean war. More information in Matt Bishop's book on Snowdrops.

Galanthus Galatea from Marcus Harvey, Hill View Rare plants a lovely strong grower.

Galanthus John Gray this photo was taken in Ottos Garden many years ago, I have had this Galanthus in the past. It is reported as being difficult in different soil types in sand or clay and with others it thrives.
G. John Gray has a great history, found in the garden of the late John Gray of Benham Suffolk. It was later grown on named by E.B.Anderson when he had his garden at Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire which Ray and I viewed from the gateway on our first visit to the UK.

Galanthus Brenda Troyle it is not certain when this was introduced into cultivation, my bulbs were from Glenbrook Bulbs Tasmania. Rod was not sure the last time I spoke to him, if any of his Galanthus had survived from the drought they had in Tasmania last lear, as none of his Galanthus had come up as yet.

Galanthus Scharlockii  the history is way to involved to put on this blog you will need to read more, but all the people we have heard about are involved Stern, James Allen, Samuel Arnott and Bowles all have grown, named and bred hybrids from this little Galanthus. The history of Galanthus is as wonderful as these little white flowering bulbs in the middle of winter, what more could you want on a cold winters day.

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