Sunday, 14 December 2014

My first snowdrop in flower: "Mrs McNamara" or "Colossus"? Plus pots of sempervivums and saxifraga

I have just popped out to the garden to check out the runners and riders in the Great Snowdrop Race - at least in my own garden.

Purchased as a solitary bulb last year "Galanthus plicatus 'Colossus'" has two flowers in bud with a potential for a third. It's going to be a big boy.

However, in the first to flower stakes, and barring a last minute dash for the line, "Galanthus elwesii 'Mrs McNamara' has triumphed. Again, it was planted last year as a pot grown specimen that is definitely showing three flowers.

In the meantime I can enjoy the sempervivums that are not necessarily looking at their best having flowered last year, leaving me with some brown patches. They always re-establish themselves readily enough however.

This very attractive saxifrage has overflowed from the pot and looks all the more attractive for that.

You can't beat naturally growing moss for adding class to a small sink or pot.
By way of contrast, this is an artificial sink that will never look as good.

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