A very pleasant visit to Margaret MacLennan in Essex, to see her Galanthus Collection. The weather was not the most hospitable, but luckily Margaret and her husband were, so it was immense fun.
Margaret in her greenhouse, showing us her ‘workstation’
Margaret is an enthusiastic twin-scaler , a method of propagating bulbs which stimulates the basal plate to produce more, from sections of the original bulb. This is the method she has used both to bulk up her collection, and also to provide material to swap with other growers. She also propagates bulbs for others. Her greenhouse is meticulously set up with all the equipment she needs at hand.
Galanthus ‘Richard Ayres’ one of the most photogenic of the collection.
Galanthus ‘Heffalump’, one of my favourites from the Collection.
Margaret’s Collection is open by appointment, but you will have to check well in advance; Galanthophiles spend this time of the year gallivanting from collection to collection, so are rarely in one place for long!