Snowdrop Time

In early February 2017 I visited Benington Lordship in Hertfordshire to see the snowdrops in all their beauty.

Benington Lordship. The Manor House.
Sheets of snowdrops flowering on the sides of the moat
Late afternoon sunlight on the tree trunks in the moat
The moat
The moat with the Norman folly in the background
Snowdrops flowering in the grass above the moat
Snowdrops and winter aconites flowering in the grass beside the footpath leading to the Norman folly.
Benington Lordship. The Manor House and Norman folly, with sheets of snowdrops in the foreground looking glorious in late afternoon sunshine.
Snowdrops beside the footpath above the moat.
Snowdrops beside the footpath above the moat, leading towards the church
St. Peter’s Church, Benington
Benington Lordship. The Manor House.
The Norman folly
The Norman folly
The Norman folly archway
The Norman folly
Sheets of snowdrops flowering in the moat

 

Over the years I have built up a small collection of snowdrops.  I only buy single bulbs of the lower priced ones and after a few years they bulk up into good sized clumps and are a welcome sight in the garden for many weeks in the cold days of winter.

Galanthus and Pulmonaria in the Long Border.
Galanthus ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley and Pulmonaria ‘Cleeton Red’ [foreground], Pulmonaria ‘Lewis Palmer’ [left], Galanthus ‘Jacquenetta’ [top left], Galanthus ‘Silverwells’ [centre] and Pulmonaria longifolia [right].
Galanthus ‘Straffan’
Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’
Galanthus plicatus subsp. byzantinus
Galanthus ‘Jacquentta’
Galanthus ‘Bitton’
Galanthus ‘Backhouse Spectacles’

Celebration of Snowdrops. Lindley Hall, RHS London Flower Show 2018.

Avon Bulbs snowdrops display at RHS London show, February 2018
Galanthus ‘Rosemary Burnham’ on Avon Bulbs display at RHS London show, February 2018.

Lindley Hall, RHS London Flower Show 2018.

This installation from RHS Floral Artist in Residence 2018, Zita Elze, celebrates the natural transition from winter into spring, veiled in the last soft snowfall of the passing season. Among the trees and surrounded by thousands of fresh Snowdrops a banqueting table awaits, dressed in white and sparkling with clear glass and the dainty bell shaped blossoms of yet more Snowdrops, this poetic vignette is designed to transport you into a world where nature shines in pure glory of a fresh new year.

 

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