Flipping snowdrops - they are a flipping pain in the flipping neck. Ok, maybe not all them, but most of the expensive flippers and particularly you Modern Art, yes you.
Not that expensive I hear some of you mutter, compared to the price of some snowdrops no it is not. In terms of what I am prepared to pay for a snowdrop though it is at the upper edge. Largely this is because I feel that money spent on expensive plants has to be money I am prepared to gamble with as the plant might just up and die. I am only prepared to gamble with money I can fritter and dear reader, frittering money is not in huge supply.
I bought Modern Art a few years ago from a visit to Thenford in 2018, I planted her, I loved her. I had a bit of a moment when I had to dig up my named snowdrops as I thought I was moving house (less said the better on that one) and then I replanted them. I labelled them. Modern Art looked at me, I looked back and she retreated into the soil to disappear completely and I thought forever. One year ran into the next. I poked at the ground in that impatient way to see if bulbs remained and was fairly sure they had disappeared.
I did not remove the label largely due to being lazy. A couple of years pass and suddenly signs of growth appeared this year. Suddenly it looked like she might be back.
ta da! Sometimes if you wait long enough there is a happy ending.
and whilst we are at it - Madelaine has been amazing this year! Madelaine was one bulb/flower when purchased in 2017 during a trip to Thenford to see their snowdrops. She has thrived, she has sulked and this year she has multiplied.
am I happy - over the flipping moon mate! over the flipping moon!
Stay safe and be kind.