Saturday, March 6, 2010
I wouldn't call myself a Galanthaphile, in fact the minute differences in the marking on Snowdrops have not caught my interest. However, I do love Snowdrops, individually and en masse. On my recent visit to Wales I had a chance to visit Clyne Gardens in Swansea, and even after a cold Winter and a late Spring, I found banks of Galanthus nivalis. I suppose this is not the Holy Grail for the the Galanthus expert, but I love the simplicity of G. nivalis, particularly seen growing in great drifts.
The Clyne Estate before it became a public garden, belonged to the Vivian family and in 1921 was inherited by Algernon "The Admiral" who had a great influence on the making of the gardens. He co-sponsered plant collecting expeditions to Asia, and many of Clyne's Rhododendrons still bear the original collectors numbers. One of the many features at the garden is a pet cemetery commemorating The Admiral's family pets. At this time of year the graves are decorated with G. nivalis.