Day 2: Galanthus elwesii 'Mrs Macnamara' For many Christmas may have been a little more low key, minimalist or subdued than usual; perhaps solitary but I hope not lonely. Christmas for the Croft Gardeners is always secular and modest, but perhaps with a touch of hedonism as befits the Winter Festival. Today it is raining… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas
I am not wavering nor is my immunity to this particular obsession wearing thin and I'm certainly not sitting on the fence. There are 20 or more species of Galanthus and I'm happy to grow a few more in addition to nivalis. Some of the cultivars are quite distinctive and attractive, but why are there… Continue reading To be or not to be a Galanthophile?
Somewhere along the line the botanical purist meets the gardening hedonist and the ambivalent fundamentalist emerges. In the garden there is not too much of a conflict of interest as I am quite content to grow pure species, subspecies, hybrids, geographical and horticultural varieties, plants of doubtful parentage or even clones. The growing conditions in… Continue reading The Ambivalent Fundamentalist