I love love love snowdrops!!! With a mere eight named varieties in my garden, I don't have enough breadth to consider myself a "galanthophile," but I am working on it. Last spring I purchased Galanthus 'Sam Arnott' and 'Hippolyta' in the green from Munchkin Nursery. Last September I bought "The Plant Lover's Guide to Snowdrops" by Naomi Slade which I've read almost cover to cover. That convinced me to add 'Magnet' (below) from Old House Gardens to my collection.
From OHG: "One of the most popular snowdrops for over a century, this strong-growing beauty holds its flowers on unusually long pedicels which, in the words of the great E.A. Bowles, 'causes them to swing to and fro in a slight breeze,' making it especially graceful and 'easily recognized even from a distance.' We’re planning to offer one different, extra-special snowdrop every year from now on — so if ‘Magnet’ 'attracts' you, now is the time to get it!"
I won't know how any of these bulbs fared until next Spring when they come up — or not. I had already made up my mind, however, to order more snowdrops from Munchkin Nursery when I got an email from owner Gene Bush saying he was retiring and shutting down the business. Another great source of plants gone! Just when I was feeling this loss most keenly, I got an email from Carolyn's Shade Garden that she had decided to offer her annual snowdrop catalog now instead of in January.
I had already made a list of potential snowdrop purchases based on my new snowdrop book and her past catalogs. I decided to opt for three plants each of G. woronowii and G. nivalis 'Viridapice' at $15 each. Enough to make a small clump right off the bat. And both are described as "easy" to grow. Then I made a major splurge on G. nivalis 'Blewbury Tart' (above), rather a whacky-looking double. My doubles (G. 'Flore Pleno') have been the most robust growers of any of the snowdrops I've planted, so it seemed worth trying another. And I've been smitten with 'Blewbury Tart' for a long time. How can you not like a flower described as "cheeky," "charming" and "bonkers"?