Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and given a selection of snowdrops I go for the ones that make me smile. I am not a collector or galanthophile, nor have the sort of brain to hold all the differences, but maybe that comes as a result of years of study and observation. It is the cultivation and care that I enjoy.
With all the zooming going on, it has been a bonus to be able to join in with lectures and to this effect, I have now joined in with the Galanthus arm of the Hardy Plant Society, after hearing about the talk on Saturday by Anne Repnow all the way from Germany.
I went to collect my order from a local grower, and having viewed the snowdrops picked up a couple more plants. How could you not?
One snowdrop which really appealed when I saw it, but it was not on my list. It was also too cold and wet to get my book out. I could not remember why it rang a bell. I had read up about it, that I remember, but I could not remember its details. Its name was Galanthus Jacqunetta, and it was indeed a fine one. But is it Jacqunetta? Jacquenetta on the left and Hippolyta on the right side by side.
Hippolyta is flowering with shorter leaves and Jacquetta has a longer stem.
"One of the last to appear, but one of the best, beautifully formed, rounded bells, filled with neat, green edged petticoats. One of the Greatorex doubles. When established makes two flowers per bulb. 20 cm" the Description on Beth Chatto's site is a clear description of the flowers on the pot on the right.
The reason the name Jacquenetta was familiar is that it is one that Anne may have a spare bulb come the summer. I am hoping Anna will be able to compare the one I bought with hers.
Cyclamen repandum, Galanthus S Arnott, Zwanburg, plicatus and Elfin have also been added to my collection. I hope they will all be good doers.