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Thursday, 25 April 2013
Happy Birthday Susan Grimshaw
Galanthus nivalis 'Susan Grimshaw'
My mother, Susan Grimshaw, has a significant birthday today, to commemorate which I have decided to name (with her permission) my favourite snowdrop seedling after her. Galanthus nivalis 'Susan Grimshaw' flowers towards the end of the season and, for G. nivalis, has large flowers with long outer segments that I think are held with particular elegance of poise. They are crisply marked with green lines and the inner segment marking is bold too. Adding further to its quality is the fact that the leaves are more or less prostrate, meaning that the flowers stand up cleanly above the foliage. It seems to be a good doer, and was much admired in my garden at Colesbourne where it was selected (and also when it has appeared anonymously on this blog, e.g. 10 January 2011, 2 March 2011).
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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