Plant of the Day
Saturday 25 February 2017

This Galanthus nivalis ‘Walrus’ is a cultivar of the common snowdrop and tolerates a wide range of conditions. It was selected in the 1960s at Maidwell Hall, Northamptonshire, UK. The ‘tusks’ are the three long, thin, outer segments.  They surround a lovely rosette whose green segments curve outwards.

Jill Raggett


Here are some of the bulbs I’ve purchased for Spring. I wasn’t crazy about the gladiolus from a couple of years ago, but this year I missed them in my cut flower arrangements. The winter also didn’t kill the ones I didn’t pull up, so I’ll try them again. The daisy-like dahlias were surprisingly pretty when I saw them in Skylands Botanical garden. I’m thinking I’ll try them this year alongside some annuals. The red hot poker looked great in the pond garden and I definitely want more of them, so we’ll see if they root.

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

It took three tries, but I finally own the Harper Perennial Olive Edition of The Bell Jar. Four months ago I ordered it from Abebooks, but it was lost in the mail. Two months ago I *thought* I ordered it from Thriftbooks, but when it arrived, it was a different edition. Yesterday it arrived in all its Olive Edition glory! Welcome home, and meet your new friends. 😊


Plant of the Day

Monday 13 February 2017

Perfect for the woodland garden, under deciduous shrubs or edging a deciduous hedge is Galanthus elwesii (snowdrop). This bulbous, early perennial is larger than Galanthus nivalis growing up to 30cm in height with broad, glaucous leaves and nodding, solitary white flowers. The plants grow best in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil that does not dry out in summer.

Jill Raggett