The journey to Dunblane is around 40 minutes from my house and as I was being picked up last, it was directly onto the motorway from here. The reason for the early start was that both my companions had pots of spring bulbs to take to the show and plants to sell at the member's table. The Early Bulb Show in Dunblane is not run on the same format as other shows and although there appeared to be some sort of judging going on, it was not on the same level as other shows I have been too. SRGC members had been asked to take along pots of bulbs and spring flowering plants to put on a good display as a crew from the BBC's Beechgrove Garden (a popular TV gardening show here in Scotland) was filming an article on the show. Luckily we managed to get parked very near to the door and thus didn't have far to haul those boxes of plants.
For me, a complete newbie to this show, it was great to get in so early. After helping Sheila and Susan put their pots out, I took the opportunity whilst the room was relatively empty of bodies, to have a wee nosy. It didn't take long for the benches to fill up.
One couldn't help but be overwhelmed by the aroma from this bench. It was the first bench coming through the door. A Galanthophile's dream! Until that very moment, too me, a snowdrop was a snowdrop, was a snowdrop! It was a spring flowering bulb that produced a tiny white flower, with blotches of green on it's petals. I mean the snowdrop no disrespect believe me. I could clearly see the different markings and shapes of all those named varieties many of you grow but until that very moment I just didn't get it! It was a kind of eureka moment.
The sheer difference between the species and the varieties had been something that had escaped me until now. Size, height, leaf and flower form - I truly had no idea!
Those white sheets covering the tables and used as a backdrop provided far too much of a glare to get decent pictures - I took hundreds to share with you all as I know many of you have a snowdrop thing! The best of the bunch and it's not a terribly big bunch I'm afraid.
|Galanthus Fred's Giant|
|Galanthus Brenda Troyle|
|To the rear Galanthus Lavinia|
|Labelled as Galanthus Rozella |
I can't find any other reference to it online
It wasn't all about the Snowdrops - there was lots more to see. Please join me for a wander around the room.
Primulas are a favourite here in my garden - they grow well here and no matter where I go I'm always attracted to them. This show was perhaps a bit too early in the year to have a lavish display of Primula but those that were there were lovely healthy plants.
|Primula on display|
A selection of wild collected specimens displayed
to show the natural variations in the plant
As we moved around the room, it was by this time getting a wee tad busier. It was getting harder to get up close and personal to admire the plants. The Crocus display was vibrant to say the least. It's not until you see them all grouped like this can you appreciate just how different the species are, just like the snowdrops.
The Narcissus on display were not in their masses either. In fact when I was taking pictures early in the day there was only 3 or 4 pots on display. Luckily I popped back in at the end of the day. Until a couple of years ago a daffodil would never have seen the light of day in my garden. White and dwarf Narcissus now grow in the garden as I have learned to appreciate their value in the spring garden. These species Narcissus are little treasures - I haven't really done much research on these yet but think one or two would make a lovely addition to the miniature garden I grow in a trough.
Another I like but didn't get it's name, of course if you know do tell. The scent around this table was every bit as pleasant as the snowdrops. I took a wee fit of sneezing soon after I bent down to take a closer sniff!
|Suggestions of ID of plant to the rear please?|
It was love at first sight - you could not fail to be bowled over by this beauty. There is very little information out there on this particular Iris but according to the American Iris Society it is a cultivar of Iris histrioides, there after it all gets far too technical for my beginners brain. If added a link here for the American Iris Society should you like more information.
|Iris Reine Immaculee|
|Iris Reine Immaculee|
|Iris Sheila Ann Germaney|
A few individual plants that really caught my eye - as they do!
Eranthis schwefelglanz, the camera did not pick up just how apricot coloured these were. Apparently the name schwefelglanz means sulphur gloss in German. This would make a lovely change to the yellow ones we are used to.
The talk, Make your own Narcissus (and snowdrops) by Anne Wright. I was looking forward to this. I had seen images of how to propagate from bulbs and read articles on the subject but just couldn't get my head around it. Again, my fear of tiny little things always gets the better of me. There will be more about the talk(s), what I learned and of course what came home with me in part 2.