To many snowdrops represent purity:




Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’ earlier this month. 

But hey ho, they are not pure enough for us!

We have interlopers:


Here amongst our clumps of ‘Atkinsii’ in front of ornamental Spring flowering shrubs are some invaders, the common nivalis. Someone recently said on the internet that they could not tell the difference.

Hopefully they can after looking at this photo. ‘Atkinsii’ to the left, is taller, bigger petalled, the leaves are broader and greener. The markings on the perianth, which are a key concept of snowdrop id are heartshaped as opposed to the more arc-like markings on nivalis:


‘Atkinsii’ is also earlier. This photo was taken yesterday and ‘Atkinsii’is also past its peak, whereas the clump of nivalis is clearly, like us (!!), in its prime.

We don’t want to have a mixture in this area since it spoils the uniform pattern of them en masse. Snowdrops also do hybridize and so since the nivalis seem to be bulking up better than the ‘Atkinsii’ it really is time to do something about this.

So once they have finished flowering we will lift the common snowdrops and plant elsewhere.

We were going to create a lawn of snowdrops close to the wood, and use ‘Atkinsii’ to do this, but the project is morphing into using the nivalis, which we also have elsewhere in quantity to divide. That will also sort this situation out.

The nivalis will also be more suitable for a more relaxed area of the garden because they are the more natural form.


Lesley and Robert