A North Wales Alpine Gardener's Diary
This entry: February 2017 - Entry 55
I showed you the best of the early snowdrops in last month's offering, now the season is (sadly) coming to an end. But many of the best snowdrops are late flowerers and I have one that is especially dear to my heart as it turned up here and is a real stunner, though I say it myself. It arose among a mixed group of G. x hybridus 'Merlin' and G. x hybridus 'Little John' but is a full month later than either of these. The flower is large with good clear makings on the inner tepals and is borne on a strong erect stalk above luxuriant grey-glaucous leaves. It is only just coming to its best now as February gives way to March. As it arose here I decided to name it 'Bod Hyfryd' after our house. I have one small clump in the open ground and a few small potfuls, so it will be a little while before I am able to spread it around.
Galanthus plicatus 'Augustus
Galanthus nivalis 'Ray Cobb'
Galanthus nivalis 'Howick Yellow'
Galanthus nivalis 'Blonde Inge'
Galanthus plicatus 'South Hayes'
Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory'
Galanthus nivalis 'Straffan'
Galanthus nivalis 'Cowhouse Green'
As I have lamented several times before, most crocus do not thrive in the open ground here, apart that is from C. tomassinianus which must be among the most accommodating of all dwarf bulbs. I would love to have drifts of Dutch crocus but our burgeoning population of Grey squirrels soon put an end to that dream, while most cultivars of C. chrysanthus also disappear like the melting snow soon after planting. An exception, however, and I don't know why, is C. chrysanthus 'Romance' which has produced a nice patch of colour since the begiining of February.I also have a small clump of the form of C. vernus which is called C. scepusensis is the Tatra Mts of Poland, from where the seed that gave rise to the clump shown came via the seedlist of Zakopane Botanic Garden. To my eye the dark tips to the outer petals are particularly attractive. As you see, it needs splitting up! Crocuses do better here in pots but I have gradually reduced the number of bulbs in pots because I got fed up with the prospect of annual repotting, which in my experience is essential if one is to build up a really good collection. Of the few that remain, Crocus malyi from SRGC seed has been nice for the past ten days.
Crocus scepusensis (vernus)
Watch this space
That is all for now, but the saxifrages are beginning to fdlower and many other things should be worth a mention in a month's time.