Spring of 2020

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The gracious Galanthus



Spring arrived yesterday, officially, and it’s turning out quite differently from what we had expected. With many of us “sheltering at home”, I took the opportunity to clean up some of last year’s leaves and debris to allow the earliest bulbs a chance to show off: the modest snowdrop. I have one patch with highly doubled blooms and there is surprising variety in the green markings if you get down close to examine them. My main reference source on them, Aaron P. Davis’ The Genus Galanthus, (1999) notes that the blooms open at temperatures above 10 degrees C and close at lower temperatures. Galanthus are pollinated by bees: I have yet to spot any around my garden, but will keep a lookout. Welcome back!