Margot Navarre has shared her garden with us before. Last time she featured the towering flowering stems of Cardiocrinum gigantium. Today she’s focused on a group of much much smaller but no less special plants.
I live in Bellevue, Washington, and love all seasons in the garden. The snowdrops are one of my favorite plants, and they bloom October–February in my garden. Galanthus is a genus of 20 species and over 1000 cultivators. I have received some rare ones from my relatives in Victoria and have snowdrops from my grandmother and mother’s garden. The snowdrop gene must run in the family because you can never have enough snowdrops, and I always dream of getting a new one.
Snowdrops in drifts make more of a statement. Though the individual blooms are small, when they get together they are pretty wonderful. And of course, the fact that they bloom when almost nothing else in the garden is showing signs of life is a pretty big factor in their favor.
One of Margot’s favorites in the garden is the variety ‘Godfrey Owen’.
Up close and personal with ‘Godfrey Owen’. Most snowdrops have three outer and three inner petals, but this variety has six of each, which create a beautiful, elegant flower.‘Godfrey Owen’ was discovered by a famous English snowdrop lover, Margaret Owen, and she named this beautiful plant after her husband.
The snowdrops pair nicely with cyclamen, hellebores, ferns, and other woodland plants. Here they are blooming with Cyclamen coum (Zones 5–9), which is another treasure that blooms in late winter to early spring.
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