In a previous post I mentioned my mutant Galanthus. I say mutants as they’ve suddenly appeared after 3 years… Of course there’s always the small possibility the bulbs have been sat there for the past three years without producing blooms?
I think they’re quite pretty and elegant in their own way. And no, I’ve no intention of actually naming them. Although, I guess that if they do well and divide further I could always try sending some to people if they want them? I’ll warn you now though, I’ve never attempted to divide Snowdrops, so yes I am concerned about trying it and it’ll have to be a while before I do; I need to let their numbers build. So far I have three; one is a ‘normal’ Nivalis height, the other two are smaller and look to be ‘babies’ of the former but this is just a guess.
I am able to trace the clump back until at least 2010, the photos are not great because I wasn’t keeping a record of the Snowdrops specifically and are often cropped border snaps I took purely to track the development. Where possible I’ve also attempted to show the background so you can see the plants around them as reference… However, I’ve also changed the border around them most years. For example there were Shasta Dasies next to the clump, but they ended up leggy thanks to the Buddleja and were moved to the Aster border, and replaced by a Heuchera, Lupin and Forget-me-nots.
My guess is that it’s also a fairly common mutation to occur, after all it is just a little touch of colour on the outer tepals; not exactly amazing.
After a quick look, it’s obvious these are not the first to have the green on the outer tepals. For example: Cowhouse Green, Kildare and Scharlokii (spathe on mine doesn’t split), none quite match mine but hey they’re variable anyway; who knows?
(the ‘mutants’ are: the far left, and the two shortest ones right of centre)
Yes they could have been given to me accidentally; I appreciate this is a possibility. A small one, but perhaps.
The reason I say this, is because I buy wholesale (a bag of 100 for around £11) so these Snowdrops have not originated from a specialist. Of course that doesn’t mean their supplier doesn’t also have other species of Snowdrops, but let’s face it – that’s unlikely considering how obsessive people become over their unusual Snowdrops, and the expense at which they come. I can’t see a wholesaler also selling the more expensive ones… Can you? Typically the only other easily bought ones are Flore Pleno and Elwesii. But yes, I agree that there is a chance one got mixed up in my order… And took three years to grow and bloom (although, looking at my photos it looks like these have come from the first couple… Anyway)
I like the understated splash of colour… Would I prefer more or less green? I’m not sure… They’re perfect as they are. And I’m not about to become a breeder 🙂