Each year Mr S and I venture forth to admire snowdrops. This being our first year in Somerset, we had to go to the Snowdrop Festival in Shepton Mallet. James Allen the Victorian Snowdrop King who planted many different varieties in his garden at Park House. We went on the Saturday, but I wished we had visited on the Friday when there were many Galanthus growers selling bulbs in bloom. I did spend my pocket money for the week on a couple of pots of Galanthus Woronowii which has wide shiny bright green leaves, and Galanthus Elwesii as it had such large blooms.
The local Horticultural Club had planted up displays and hope this new festival grows and grows!We followed the walk they had devised and as well as enjoying the architecture of the town, enjoyed visiting James Allen's grave.
In the absence of much gardening, I've enjoyed Charles Elliott's essays in The Transplanted Gardener...a very good and amusing read!