Galanthus elwesii Yvonne Hay
Originating from the garden of Harry Hay at Margery Hall Pig Farm.
Due to its large size (both in bulb and in flower) it was first distributed by Harry under the name “elwesii maximus”. This name was already in use so Harry later renamed it in honour of his wife.
It really is a large plant, sometimes really mature bulbs could be confused with tulip bulbs.
An elongated ovary stands above long outer segments and almost completely green inner segments, al held aloft broad leaves of which there may be 3 or more per bulb.
What will you receive?
Depending on the time of year, you will receive either a:dormant bulbs, b:newly sprouting bulbs, c:snowdrops in flower, d:snowdrops “in the green”
The snowdrop is currently growing in its own pot and may indeed be several bulbs and bulblets, we do not separate these off – they will be included with the main bulb.
All bulbs will have most of the compost removed prior to posting – this minimises damage in posting and reduces weight so we can keep postage costs low.
Flowering bulbs and bulbs “in the green” will be wrapped in damp kitchen roll and plastic film, then boxed – Dormant bulbs are packed in damp kitchen roll and bagged.
Please pot up or plant out as soon as you receive it.
Dig a hole to the depth that the bulb was previous planted (where the leaves change from white to green) or slightly deeper, pop in the bulb, and firm the soil back around the bulb to ensure no air-pockets.
If your soil is prone to water logging incorporate plenty of grit or sand to the area around the bulbs as well as the planting hole.
If your soil is sandy and exceptionally free draining then mix leaf-mould or compost into the area around the bulbs as well as the planting hole.
If your borders are visited regularly by voles or moles, then we recommend planting in pond baskets so that the bulbs are neither lifted onto the surface of the soil, or buried too deep by their soil excavating habits.