Six On Saturday: Out and about

It’s mid February so it really is snowdrop time. Those in my garden are galanthus nivalis. I inherited one two clumps and since arriving here five years ago have planted about 400. They are beginning to settle in. But this week I visited Bennington Lordship, a private garden in Hertfordshire that opens in February to show its collection. So here are six photos from that garden.


This combination of hellebore and snowdrops was snapped at the entrance to the garden. This is a combination I have replicated in the garden here. My hellebore and snowdrop combination is in a north facing border and the hellebore is just beginning to open.


The combination of winter aconites and snowdrops is used in the grass that edges the drive. I have resisted aconites so far but they do look cheerful in this mix.


Paddy Tobin, galanthophile, often shows snowdrops with cyclamen. This is another combination I’d like to try out. At Bennington Lordship this pairing of snowdrops with tiny cyclamens caught my eye.


I always enjoy seeing this yellow variety. There was no label by this clump but I wonder if they are ‘Wendy’s Gold’.


And without fail, I am drawn to ‘Comet’. It looks so plump!


This one is ‘James Backhouse’, another large form, this one has longer petals.

I couldn’t resist adding a bonus photo this week: Nobody is going to wrest the crown from this mossy chap!

Back to my garden next week. The Propagator has the links to all the SOSs from around the world so drop by and take a look. He might be out in the garden, or on a long run but somehow he still keeps us in order, for which many thanks.

21 thoughts on “Six On Saturday: Out and about

  1. When I saw the pictures on my phone I was quite jealous that you had those attractive yellow snowdrops! But 400! Wow! I like the combinations here. I have a few (and I mean a few) aconites and snowdrops under my Kilmarnock willow tree, and lots more crocuses. Definitely need more of both to get that effect!

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  2. Gosh am having such a glitchy day with WordPress today, I was just commenting here and it took me to Jim’s page, same thing happened on another site earlier. Weird. ANYWAY I was just saying, love the combos of snowdrops with other things, I think the snowdrop-cyclamen combo is my favourite, they compliment each other so well. Looks like a lovely garden, but looking forward to seeing yours again next week, and the 400 snowdrops!

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  3. The allure of snowdrops evades me. I am told that I would appreciate them more if there was not so much in bloom throughout winter here, and they were the first to come up through the snow. I do happen to like white flowers, and white is my favorite color, but if I ever get snowdrops, I will get the first variety that comes along, and likely be satisfied with them. It would be nice if they could naturalize within the confines of the landscapes. They fit the style of our landscapes here splendidly. You can likely imagine that they would be very pretty among the redwoods.

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