|Spring flowering snowdrops.|
Autumn-flowering. As in blooming in October.
And now I want some. I never knew they existed until yesterday and now there is a hole in my garden without them.
I believe the botanical name is Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp reginae-olgae.
Every source I've checked so far is sold out, but that's okay because it is probably too late this season to plant them here, anyway.
I will patiently wait until the supplies and catalogs are updated in the spring and then order some next year to plant. Then I will have some snowdrops blooming in my garden in the fall of '17. Won't that confuse people?
I can hardly wait, but wait I must. You can't hurry up flowers. Your only choice is to wait for them or go on without them. I'd rather wait.
How, you ask, did I find out about this hole in my garden that can only be filled by planting autumn-flowering crocuses?
I found out about this hole in my garden because I have various Google alerts set up for key words like "gardener" and "garden" and one popped up yesterday about Margaret Owen, a galanthophile (expert on snowdrops) who recently passed away in Great Britain. This particular alert caught my attention because I was looking for some pictures of gardeners in their gardens for my new Facebook page, Gardeners in Their Gardens, and there was a lovely picture of Margaret in a garden in the alert.
I read through her obituary, and learned of her love of snowdrops and the snowdrop parties she was famous for. At the end of the obituary, they mentioned how another galanthophile visited her hours before she passed away, bringing her autumn-flowering snowdrops. She briefly opened her eyes to look at them before she died.
Oh yes, I am definitely going to have autumn-flowering snowdrops in my garden someday.