There are only 3 kinds, if you ask me.
tall fat ones
and the good old snowdrop
Although, if you were to say that to a Galanthus fanatic
they would shoot you.
There are 100s of variations and most all
rather expensive, even the small and most common are about a half dollar each...and when you envision a drift...it becomes many $$$.
To get specialized, well, then honey...be prepared
to cough up.
But when they do bloom and you make the first little bouquets of the season with a few different kinds...
Well, that is very rewarding
Galanthus single hybrid ‘S. Arnott’ are the biggest.
I bought three of them in 2010 for $10 each (I think that's a fortune for 3 snowdrops, don't you?)
from the royalty of the Snow Drop world:
This year I have a clump of 10, so if you amortize
over time, it sort-of works out.
Good news is now Brent and Becky
offer several species for quite a bit less
S. Arnott and a regular G. nivalis
The fluffy doubles that have the most presence are
Galanthus nivalis ‘flore pleno’.
These you can buy for $6 each from Temple...or 50/$32 from van Engelen
The sweet, simple, typical Galanthus elewesii, are available everywhere and you can never have enough.
Though the named varieties sport a
little greener spot here
and a little longer pedicel there...
truth is, I can barely tell the difference.
In this case, like few others, it is quantity I find most interesting.
A final comparison:
But the big difference in what you get from the others and what you get from Temple is savoir-faire.
A keepsake catalogue, gorgeously addressed to you in patrician long hand in real ink, is a hallmark.
So, if style is important to you...
send $5 and get your
catalogue now, because Mr. Hitch Lyman sends his freshly dug hand-wrapped
at the beginning of April.
Trumanburg, New York 14886
While attempting to capture the snowdrop's
charm against blue,
I became intrigued by the idea of a DECONSTRUCTED BOUQUET
What do you think?
Should you not be as taken by the small signs of spring as I,
perhaps you want to induce your own vision,
maybe even a hallucination.
Now that everything is legal,
by chance you might try this...
On DaVinci’s Demons
...my favorite TV show
(this season, so far it is too bloody and not romantic)
...the funky Florentine in-crowd of Leonardo back in the 15th C. swore that you could conjure a
by smoking tobacco (or whatever) mixed with BLACK HELLEBORE !
This one is my blackest, and there is a certain deleriously fantastic quality to it as it emerges from the cold earth.
I can't say if it's a hallucenogenic one,
but it sure is trippy.
And who can resist this magical white hellebore
And here is proof that this flower
persistently emerged from
under 10 or so inches of snow.
Yes, just look
to the penumbra of the shadow
on the right you will see the top of a Dianne B. Zinc Marker
...and you know, those markers are
absolutely 12” high.
And speaking of these fabulous zinc markers
, I have just gotten in a fresh supply because we’re coming into the time of the year when the garden is crying out to be identified.