Monday 3 January 2011

Snowdrop Christmas cards

For some strange reason people have a habit of sending me Christmas cards featuring snowdrops, and this year there was a bumper crop of them. The images used range from lovely to hideous - here, in random sequence and without identification by sender, is a selection of them - one or two others are visible above. The really dreadful snowdrop ornament visible was found in a free box outside a garden centre in the Hamptons last summer, having found no purchaser. I can't imagine why not...

'Frosty Snowdrops' (i.e. with glitter...) - in aid of Age UK
'Spring' - in aid of Hope House Children's Hospices

'Snowdrops with books' by Anne Cotterill

'First Light - Fresh Snow' - in aid of the RHS

'Frosted Snowdrops' - this came in two formats,
in aid of the Alzheimer's Society
and St Richard's Hospice

in aid of Self Unlimited

in aid of Oxfam. Flowers and foliage stuck into the 'snow'
(probably from a freezer drawer...)
'S. Arnott' from Avon Bulbs

in aid of Parkinsons UK. More stuck-in flowers...
Galanthus elwesii planted in quails' eggshells,
photographed at the 2010 snowdrop day at Kalmthout Arboretum
by Tomoko Miyashita


  1. I can't imagine why you get sent cards featuring snowdrops....Glad you shared, but am speechless upon viewing the quail eggs.

  2. I think most of them are quite delightful: I was pleased with the ones we got with snowdrops on - might even keep them. Your amusing if cynical comment re freezer drawer made me go back for another look - were any of them identifiable?The quails eggs are rather shudderable, though.

  3. Ohhh... I also found the quail egg version very odd! It's sort of like the Salvador Dali painting of Narcissus. Equally creepy, too.

    Although, if the sender of the card is reading this let me revise that to say it is quite charming. :)

    Thanks for participating in this month's How to Find Great Plants! The latest issue is out today and your Lawson cypress post is one of the featured entries. Here's the link:

  4. Happy New Year, John!
    Hope you had a happy landing into 2011. I love those darling snowdrops and can not wait for them to appear in the garden. I have only 2 different types, but would love to have some of the greenish ones in my garden.

  5. Dear John,

    I just read todays posts on my garden-guru Claus Dalby`s blog. One post in particular fascinated me. It was the post about Galanthus, in which he not only mentioned your book and expertise in this field, but also the fact, that you are arranging guided pilgrimage-tours to Galanthus-blessed parks and gardens in good ol` England. Sounds so interesting. I would love to join such a tour day. I love snowdrops......esp. when there`s LOTS of them. Can`t think of a more beautiful garden-carpet. Really really spectacular and poetic:o) I WANT TO LIVE IN ENGLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!:o)(Then I would also have a chance to see some bluebell-woods/meadows, which I always dreamed of:o)

    All the best from Denmark,


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