Monday, 22 September 2008


It's frail, small, half eaten by a slug and nearly squashed by one of my evil cats, but we have our first snowdrop in flower.  The picture's a cheat - one I snapped last year - but take my word for it, snowdrop time is with us.

There are several which flower in the autumn, mostly from Greece, I believe and mine is Galanthus nivalis subspecies reginae-olgae - or it is until some kind soul corrects me.

When I planted these, four years ago, I had visions of autumnal snowdrops doing a bit of fusion work with late flowering roses.  Our Rosa chinenis 'Mutabilis' would look great with these little naked snowdrops at its feet, for example.

Better, perhaps than the weeds currently bringing colour and botanical interest to that part of the garden.  We've had a plague of field bindweed, this year and although I sweat blood, trying to get rid of the stuff, it's impossible not to like the cheeky little flowers.  Much prettier than the treasured and nurtured Convolvulus sabateus, don't you think?


  1. Gorgeous photos - the landscape in your title is fantastic.

    I'm still trying to hold onto summer - don't even want to think about snowdrops yet!

  2. Thanks for your kind comments re photos. These little chaps seem out of season - even though they're flowering at their appointed time - and after such a vile summer, one doesn't want autumn to come.

  3. I'm sorry but to talk about snowdrops in September is verging on the perverted. The very early flowering varieties are not really entitled to the name. They should be called "Bit-of-a-nip-in-the-air-after-sunset-drops".
    Thank you for dropping in on my blog. As to tips regarding blogging I have no idea: just write stuff.

  4. This is timely.

    I've just planted some short-legged asters and was regretting snowdrops wouldn't flower in the small space left in front of them.

    So, that's sorted then.

    I think that's what I'll do from now on. Decide what I'd like, regardless of season - and assume it will materialise.

    Esther Montgomery