Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Good as Gold?
The recent article in Gardens Illustrated on Galanthus has got me inspecting my own snowdrops more carefully. Nature is always trying something new, and depending on personal taste, this can be seen as an improvement on the original or an aberration that has to be dumped as soon as possible into the compost heap.
As for Galanthus, I wonder how distinct a variation has to be before the plant is considered collectable? I've found three different markings on two clumps of G. elwesii in my garden and in another group flowers with gold markings has been produced. Only last week Helen Battersby of Toronto Gardens posted an image of a Galanthus which also had gold markings, leaving one to wonder just how unusual this phenomenon is in actuality.
I plan to enjoy my gold Galanthus, maybe bulk it up to a nice clump and think of it as something beautiiful that I found in my garden rather than a collectable, rare and unusual 'must-have'.