|Galanthus elwesii 'Margaret Owen'|
The enjoyment was bittersweet, however, as we all knew it was for the last time - though the memories will live on. We were invited to list five snowdrops we'd like from the collection, which will be sent out in due course - that will be an exciting package!
On the following day the garden was opened to the public for the traditional sale in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and many of the snowdrops were sold off, founding or enriching other collections - and thus gardens move on.
|Lots of old friends to talk to and catch up with - most of the 'inner segments' were present.|
|Part of a lovely group of G. nivalis Sandersii Group 'Woodpeckers', a good growable clone.|
|The snowdrop for which Margaret will be best remembered, named for her late husband, G. elwesii 'Godfrey Owen', with six outer and inner segments.|
|Good conversation flowing at the crowded tables in the barn - about 70 sat down for lunch.|
|A poignant reminder of Margaret: instructions on how to progress round the garden, in an attempt to stop people treading on her trilliums.|