Six on Saturday: snowdrops before the storm

Ciara is heading our way and it sounds pretty bad. I’ll be lifting all the pots down to the ground and finally getting round to picking up a few empty flower pots that always seem to lurk in the corners. The week has had a cold and frosty appearance and the beautiful blue skies tempted me out to the Hertfordshire countryside to view a snowdrop garden. I have one exciting non-snowdrop jewel from my garden but the other five are from the gardens at Benington Lordship.


I am always over-excited by the first flowers from any new planting in the garden and this week the newly planted Iris reticulata bulbs opened out.  I chose a single variety – J S Dijt and once again realise I should have bought many, many more.  The colour is stunning.  Allegedly there is a scent but so far I cannot vouch for that.


Now on to the snowdrops. First, galanthus ‘Primrose Warburg’.  I completely fell for this one and if there had been any pots of these for sale I would probably have paid whatever the price was.  Online nursery price is £25 per pot.


Galanthus elwesii ‘Comet’.  Retails at £20 per bulb.  But oh so pretty.


Galanthus plicatus ‘Diggory’ Retails at £25 per bulb. Very distinctive with its textured petals  and curved shape.  Lovely.


Galanthus  elwesii Jessica. Pretty green markings on the inner leaves.  Retail price £20.


Galanthus Wasp. A snowdrop with such long slender petals deserve a more beautiful name but there it is.  The green inner markings are not quite visible but an internet search reveals them to be quite intricate.  Price £20.

My visit to Benington Lordship was a mid week treat and I felt like I was truanting but I could so I did and it was well worth it.  There were hellebores and aconites too and in a week or so I am sure there will more spring bulbs on view. The garden is open now until 1st of March but not on Sunday 9th February due to the weather warnings.

More from my garden next week and more from other gardens this week by visiting The Propagator for his cheery update and the links to other SOS posts.  Batten down the hatches and stay safe.

17 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: snowdrops before the storm

  1. Among your snowdrops my favorite is ‘Primrose Warburg ’. Elegant and simple!
    Storm Ciara doesn’t announce anything good here either. Gusts to 130km/h announced.
    I will be at my in-law’s home tomorrow , near Paris, but since my house is rather close to the coast (60 km), I will have to plan to put everything away. Stay safe too.

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  2. The snowdrops are all lovely, but the price of some of these bulbs is eye-watering! I quite like the common and garden ones anyway 😄 iris reticulata are my favourite early spring / late winter bulbs. They are so rewarding.

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  3. Your Iris reticulata is such a beautiful colour! As for the snowdrops – gorgeous – but well above my budget!

    I occasionally give plants as a gift to a few special friends, mostly it’s a David Austin Rose (they package them so perfectly and the roses, of course, are beautiful). But I wonder what reaction I’d get if the package just contained one or perhaps two little snowdrops bulbs. 🤔


  4. Blimey I thought you’d taken leave of your senses! I was impressed by your labels then horrified by the amount you’d spent on snowdrops (they all look the same…) then was relieved to find this was all on a visit. Phew.


  5. I love your new iris. Such bold, lovely colour. I also am quite fond of the wasp, but not enough to pay for it. Good thing there are open gardens to visit in order to see such beauties. Thanks for sharing w/the rest of us!

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