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A world of Snowdrops.
Please note some of the snowdrops are in short supply, to avoid disappointment You are advised to contact us to get an update before ordering on line.
Snowdrop season 2023 -2024
Another garden season is now on the risen again with many ups and downs and unusual weather conditions we now have to endure, and who knows what will become in the new season
And yes, we all keep positive thoughts and keep gardening along, looking forward to the first sign of the little beauties to arrive and make us bend a knee (for the one Who Still can) to get a closer look.
The past season 2023 has brought here a fabulous show of varieties with a long spread-out season starting in the second week of October with my first as ever Gal. “Blanc de chine “to stand out. ever so pure white, one purchased many years back from Mrs. Ann.Wright .
Many followed and made a great early and late time of interest and made the winter look a little shorter and brought me out to admire a medley of snowdrops, and here with me the pleasure to notice the newly planted varieties on the first arrival.
25 years of collecting and growing gave me plenty of Galanthus Madness to keep the interest going and I learned to know many people who became special friends in my life.
But this is another year, Last Year has been again a season of many varieties of snowdrops where the stock has going down due to many send all over Europe and to enthusiasts when visit the different snowdrops galas in Ireland,
Needless to say, I have to reduce the choice available for this season to keep my stock for the future. And You will notice in the list many who have no price tagged on, simply meaning not available or sold for now “Sorry if I disappoint You “Please You also been advised before you put an order true and made Payment to seek advice to availability, it makes everything so simpler in difficult times.
And for Snowdrops in the green many people are now confused about many different sales practices. for me it is still in the green when spring comes and the snowdrops are starting their dormancy .
Guy de Schrijver .
For the real Galanthophile I recommend the following books:
The Genus Galanthus And Snowdrops by Matt Bishop, Aaron Davis and John Grimshaw, 2001.
Galantomania by Hanneke van Dijk – Illustrated with beautiful pictures.
How I discovered Snowdrops
Remembering as a child living in Belgium when the winters were still cold and usual the soil was covered with a blanket of snow, my parents had a small garden where they grow some flowers. I remember seeing some clumps of ordinary snowdrops Nivalis standing heads above the snow and enduring the cold air, and those images always remained with me through my life.
Much later in life, a neighbour introduced me to her garden, where the driveway to the house was a carpet of snowdrops. Every spring the little white caps are standing above the green lawn for weeks without failing. It was the lady of the house who got me interested in getting some snowdrops under-planted with my then collection of Helleborus, and they really thrived, complimenting the different colours of the lenten-roses with their elegant white.
Thus began my journey to become a snowdrop collector. A few visits to Belgium friends, brought me some of my first cultivars and needless to say, getting hooked was unavoidable, with the result of ending up with around 500 different cultivars and growing.
From the first ordinary Galanthus Nivalis to the current collection, they flower through the Autumn and Winter months, some as early as October through to April, which give lots of interest during the otherwise long winter time and reason enough tho get active outside during that time.
I am fortunate to have soil, where the snowdrops thrive very well and are happy to flourish on there own.I don’t like to disturb them, when in a dormant state and only make divisions for replanting or sale during early Spring, usual March to April depending on the seasonal weather conditions.
My name is Guy de Shryver and I have been passionate about Galanthus and Hellebores since my youth in Belgium. I now grow these wonderful plants in Ireland.
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