While hunting around for a suitable title for this post I came across this word. It sounded an apt description for a day spent looking at snowdrops, but alas it turns out it is Australian slang for stealing clothing, often women’s and often off a washing line! No, not apt at all, but do you think if enough of us use it then we could assign a new meaning to the word, as I rather like it.
When I shut my eyes that night all I could see were those little white things. On 19th Feb, I had been to visit to Bruckhills Croft, about an hour’s drive north west of Aberdeen and had obviously spent too long admiring and trying to photograph the wonderful collection of 280 named snowdrops.
My friend and I had a lovely day out; the day was bright, the traffic light and the country roads took us through wonderful rolling, open fields all neatly ploughed ready for the next season’s planting.
We arrived at Bruckhills Croft, with only a little hitch, having sailed right past the bright yellow sign, and were met by Helen, who was very welcoming and showed us where to find all the snowdrops.
This was my first real introduction to the world of snowdrops. I have always loved them, but had never before realised what variety these little plants can show. They are not the easiest of plants to photograph as they are so white and get swayed quite easily by the wind, but I hope some of my photos do them justice.
I assumed this snowdrop ‘Hippolyta’ was named because of its hippo like green marking, but on further research discovered that this double snowdrop was in fact named after a subdued Amazon queen from Shakespear’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. You just never know do you?
This next snowdrop is a cultivar of Atkinsii and is distinguished by the fact that it sometimes produces flowers with an extra petal. Fascinating! Doesn’t it look lovely against the dark foliage of the Ajuga?
This Galanthus plicatus ‘Trym’ is very fertile and passes on its characteristics to its offspring in different ways. Doesn’t it have lovely markings?
I loved the unopened shape of this double, Galanthus ‘Lavinia’, assumed to be named after the mother of A.H. Greatorex, Mariane Lavinia, back in 1948.
‘Lady Elphinstone’, discovered in Cheshire in 1890, just looks happy to be alive in the spring sunshine. Unfortunately I missed photographing her lovely yellow skirt!
I think these next snowdrops are particularly beautiful with their yellow ovaries shining in the sunshine.
Galanthus ‘Lerinda’ was just asking to be photographed from above to best show off her delightful shapes.
Many of the snowdrops at Buckhill’s Croft were planted in front of pieces of dark slate to show them off to their best,
While others had a natural foil in the brown remains of the herbaceous border.
On our way to the greenhouse, behind the house, we found this lovely clump of Galanthus ‘Wasp’ – a snowdrop I had been on the lookout for.
With its lovely slender petals and stripy inner markings I think this snowdrop is one of my favourites.
There were so many snowdrops growing happily outside, but we couldn’t wait to see what treasures were hidden in the greenhouse.
The one I really wanted to see was Galanthus woronowii ‘Elizabeth Harrison’ – the same one that Thompson and Morgan had paid £725 for in 2012. Helen had been lucky enough to buy one direct from a grower.
She was beautiful, but I believe is no longer the most valuable bulb as a Galanthus plicatus ‘Golden Fleece’ has just sold on Ebay for £1390.
I hope the purchaser has some serious security on their greenhouse.
There were other lovely snowdrops keeping her company inside:
I love the seersucker petals of this one.
But I think this scatty looking snowdrop was another of my favourites.
I bet you are all wondering how many of these lovely snowdrops I managed to come home with?
I was quite restrained, but I did buy a pot containing a couple of ‘Magnet’ snowdrops and , how could I resist, a slightly more expensive pot with my current favourite – ‘Wasp’.
I am delighted with my purchases and no doubt you will be seeing them feature in my posts as they settle in my garden.
Meanwhile, thanks to Helen, for a wonderful visit to her garden – if you are a Facebook follower you should search on Bruckhill’s Garden’ to find her page and follow her wonderful snowdrop collection.
And if anyone is still reading that doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about here is a little something for you – my first glimpse of a wild primrose this year; I found it flowering nonchalantly at the back of a snowdrop border.