from Ann Finkelstein
That is such an amazing picture. I can't believe you captured it.
Ah, I didn't know the snowdrops were up! They've been blooming for some time in the UK -- where there is snowdrop mania. Not, I think, like the famous Dutch tulip mania. But a pure-white snowdrop bulb fetched a record 350 pounds on Feb. 1. That record was shattered on Feb. 16 when someone paid 725 pounds for a single snowdrop bulb with a yellow calyx. A mutant found in a pensioners' garden.On the downside, according to the Telegraph:"The unbeaten price comes at a time when other estates around the country are increasing their security to prevent their snowdrops being stolen. [!!]"Gardeners at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire have tagged thousands of bulbs, while staff have been employed to look out for signs of disturbed earth." [Oy. And how do you "tag" a bulb?]Closer to home, a big branch broke off a magnolia in Frances Park this winter. A couple of weeks ago I took a piece off it and put it in water at work. I'd about given up on it when I noticed Friday afternoon that the bud cases were starting to split! I'm looking forward to seeing it on Monday.Hey! A reason to go to work! I think I'll get some paperwhite bulbs, etc. for my office! Geez, you never know what a blog posting and a little stream-of-consciousness reply will lead to. Hurrah!I see that Blogger is using two security words now, and one is hard to read. I guess those web robots keep getting better ...
I love your blog, Ann. So simple and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Natalie and Kristin: Thank you for your kind comments. I find it very difficult to get sharp images of white flowers with either manual or automatic focus.Tim: I started with a single dormant plant, not a bulb. I planted it years ago in the bifurcation of two large roots of one of our oaks. This spot seems to have been far enough away from the stomping grounds of little snow boots that the plant survived and proliferated. Now the biggest danger to the snowdrops is the deer. I'll keep my eyes open for any yellow calyx mutants. :-)
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