Last year I reported on the unwontedly early blooming of Galanthus plicatus subsp. byzantinus 'Three Ships', on 18 November. This year they are even earlier, presumably 'popping' over the weekend, perhaps in Sunday's lovely sunshine. These are part of the Colesbourne Park clump, in a cosy south-facing spot, but they are also at a similar stage here in the cottage garden, facing north and under old hellebore leaves. (They are no longer under old hellebore leaves.) As the weather forecast promised, today is also bright and sunny, but much cooler - though there is no indication of any significant cold to come for the week ahead.
A personal view of the world of horticulture and plants by a gardening botanist and author, living in Settrington, North Yorkshire, and working as Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum, a partnership between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Castle Howard.
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