It doesn't look like the first day of Spring in my garden. At best, it looks like the end of a long winter with lots of branches brought down by the wind everywhere you walk; more brown than green everywhere you look. But I am concentrating on the fact that I have three clumps of different snowdrops (Galanthus) in bloom and more varieties pushing up. If the warmer weather holds I may see their flowers this week.
The Frustrated Gardener blog recently visited the RHS early spring garden show in London. He posted a number of pictures but a couple of them really caught my eye because they focused on snowdrops in situ with other spring plants. I've got the snowdrops but I haven't done very well in placing them with other early bloomers that will help to show them off to best advantage. Isn't this just a perfect vignette?
The photo above is of Avon Bulbs’ gold medal winning display which included Galanthus ‘Moortown Mighty’ and G. ‘Trumps.’ I am trying to figure out what plants I might add to bloom at the same time as snowdrops because ferns and mondo grass would never show up this early in my garden. Hellebores are coming along and one plant is even blooming. I plan to cut back Hellebore and Epimedium foliage today, so we'll see what — if anything — happens.
The snowdrop pictured above is Galanthus ‘Trumps.’ Isn't it a stunner! Alas, there is no way I will ever buy anything with any version of the name "Trump" on it, even a snowdrop. Luckily I probably could not find it to buy even if I wanted to.
There's a bit of sun shining this morning though the forecast is cloudy. But it's the first day of spring and the high is predicted to reach 54 degrees F. so I am going to take advantage of it, especially as rain is coming later in the week.