My Snowdrops

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image of emerging snowdropsDue to the prolonged January thaw I find that I am actually in the snowdrop race, limping along in last place. These are growing in the same spot as the blooming snowdrops of the previous post. This photo was taken January 12th. Since then, the cold has returned and we’ve even gotten a little snow, so I expect my snowdrops will go into suspended animation for a month or more, before finally blooming in late February or early March.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Kathy Purdy January 20, 2006, 10:38 am

Snowdrops are the Galanthus genus. Dutchman’s Breeches are related to Bleeding Heart; both are in the Dicentra genus. I don’t believe these two genera are even in the same family. To my eye, the flowers of the two plants don’t look that similar, so it’s probably a poor photo of snowdrops. Snowdrops are in the same family as Amaryllis and Daffodils, and they all share the same resistance to rodent damage.

nelumbo January 19, 2006, 10:54 pm

The flowers of the snowdrops look a lot like a wildflower we used to call “Dutchman’s Britches”. Do you know if they are they related?

jenn January 18, 2006, 2:14 pm

I should get some snowdrops!

Alice Nelson January 17, 2006, 10:01 pm

Well, even with a thaw, you are way ahead of us. We don’t have a smuch snow as usual, but still have a good cover, enough for mushing which my kids do (races), and all the other snow sports. but we could use more for the sake of those who have motels or plow snow in the winter. Plenty of plants inside, though, hold overs from summer: ivies, asparagus fern, geraniums. etc. Have some to still pot up that were clippings. Will use them in planters next spring.