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Monday, March 06, 2023


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Oh yes! Lovely. In wicked winter climates, the early spring bulbs take on huge importance despite their diminutive size. Yours really are pretty nestled in with 'hopscotch'. Love those happy accidents, huh?
This year my snow crocuses in the lawn and the tommies beat the snowdrops by a week or more. but I don't care who shows up first, I love them all!

Kris P

Maybe this means you just need to greatly expand your snowdrop collection. They're lovely things and especially impressive en masse.

I was intrigued by the bald baby head with the striped Pinocchio nose. Does it have a story?


I'm not used to seeing hellebore foliage totally brown and crisp so at first glance, I thought your H. torquatus was a goner. I looked it up online: turns out its a rather rare variety. I'd love to see a photo of it in bloom.

danger garden

I absolutely love that Galanthus 'Magnet' and Heucherella 'Hopscotch' combo!

Linda Brazill

DANGER — ​I have to agree!​

Linda Brazill

KRIS — You are right about just adding more snowdrops. I've been doing that and I need to continue but plant the ones that are more readily available and not so pricey.

As for the head, it doesn't really have a story. ​We bought it at our favorite gallery where it was hanging on the side of a doorframe and sticking its nose out at you as you passed through. We liked the fact that it had a bit of a macabre feeling but was not seriously creepy.

Linda Brazill

CHAVLI —Hellebore foliage dies back to the ground here. If there is enough snow cover all season it emerges quite green and decent looking. But lately our winters seem to have a lot of time when it's very cold but there is no snow which makes for a messy spring garden. ​


It's hard to match the earliest snowdrops with anything nice. Here everything is either a freezer burned tan or a dried up brown, with actual flowers of other things still a few weeks away.
I'll still keep trying though!

Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening

I find the eranthis and galanthus are often neck and neck for first bloom. Do your hellebores have H. niger in their breeding? When ordering online, I look for ones described as blooming in late winter. They are more likely to bloom with the mid- to late-blooming snowdrops. And yes, foliage to go with. Colchicum leaves come up quite early, Cyclamen coum foliage, heucheras and many carex, Arum italicum are all possibilities.


It's good to read about snowdrops still in full flow, now that ours on this side of the pond have mainly gone over. As Kathy above has said cyclamen coum, heucheras and arum all make for good bedfellows. Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'goes well with them too. What about eranthis hyemalis - would they flower at the appropriate time?

Linda Brazill

KATHY AND ANNA — Thanks Kathy and Anna for your suggestions. I have Arum italicum and now I will add some snowdrops near it. I am going to watch this spring to see where I find good foliage after the snow and cold and add some of that near my snowdrops. I think Eranthis would bloom in concert but I have never been fond of it. I have some Hellebores with the winter blooming parentage that are miles from my snowdrops. Can't believe that I have solutions in place in the garden — just not the right place!

Linda Brazill

FRANK — I will keep my eye on your garden as you are my snowdrop inspiration.

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