Shy bairns get nowt

A snowdrop being offered in the Plant Exchange.
Sure to be oversubscribed.
But you never know, everyone might think that.

So went my thought process this time last year when I was delving into the list of offers.  In the past I’ve had geraniums, asters and daylilies from the Exchange and I regularly offer a dahlia salvaged from Tatton Park by a PH member.  But a snowdrop?

IMG_5999But I was lucky and this is that snowdrop, photographed last week, received by me last May at the national AGM – thank you Dorset member who donated it to the Exchange.  It is Galanthus plicatus ‘Trymposter’, which according to ‘A gardener’s guide to Snowdrops’ by Freda Cox is a

‘vigorous, shorter seedling of G. ‘Trym’, beautifully shaped flowers, erect scape.  Leaves erect, broad, grey-blue.  Outer segments wide, paddle shaped, splayed, inverted green ‘V’ at the apex.  Inner segments shorter, upright, inverted green ‘V’ at apex.  RHS Preliminary Commendation 2011.  Height 16cm.’

The parent G. ‘Trym’ (found in Jane Gibb’s garden, Westbury on Trym, Bristol c 1987 and named by Chris Brickell) is described in ‘Snowdrops’ by Matt Bishop et al. thus;

‘as the flowers open, the segments of the outer whorl reflex to resemble the eaves of a Chinese Pagoda.  For 20 years this flower type gave the plant a unique position in the genus and a cult reputation among galanthophiles.  Only slightly diminished by the appearance of recent hybrids such as ‘Green of Hearts’ ‘Trumps’ and ‘South Hayes’.  ‘Trym’ is known to pass on its main characteristics to at least a proportion of its seedlings, so there is every reason to suspect that it is an ancestor of the above.

And this is G. ‘Trumps’ acquired from Matt Bishop himself a couple of years ago at Myddelton House and I am registered under the Plant Guardian scheme for this cultivar.

IMG_1842 Galanthus plicatus 'Trumps' cfor blog (640x426)

So if it lives up to its reputation, look out for G. ‘Trymposter’ in the Plant Exchange in a couple of years time when it has bulked up.


In the meantime, have a look at the Plant Exchange list, on our website, or usually available at local group meetings, and see what gems you can request.  Bids for plants must be with your local coordinator by the end of February.