My name is Janet, not Judy, and I am now retired after working 29 years as a development engineer for the same telecommunications firm. I am married to John, who is also a development engineer and the web master for this site. He also takes all of the photographs.
We also share our home and garden with my Labradors.
We lost our faithful old friend Topaz (aged 12) who unexpectedly died in April 2006 after a short illness. She was originally a brood bitch from the same kennel where we acquired Molly as a puppy. When she was retired from breeding she came to live with us. Since her death we have acquired two more retired bitches from the same kennel; Lulu who is Topaz’s daughter and India who is Topaz’s granddaughter. Molly is related to both of them.
We were deeply saddened by the deaths of our young friend India in December 2009, our oldest dog, Molly, who passed away after a short illness in March 2010, aged 13½, and Rosie, who died in September 2010 aged 13.
Lulu passed away in May 2013, aged nearly 14.
Penny joined us in March 2012, aged 10 weeks.
Penny was joined by her litter sister, Biscuit in October 2012.
My interest in snowdrops started in 1987 after reading a book entitled “The Winter Garden” which had the concept of “why look at bare earth all winter when there are numerous plants that will flower during this period?” Snowdrops were mentioned, briefly and I became intrigued with these plants when I found out that there were more than two sorts, that is, the common single and double snowdrop. I then started a quest to find and collect as many varieties that I could; a quest that becomes more difficult with the numerous new varieties that are introduced every year.
Having amassed a collection of 400+ varieties I have recently been shrinking my collection to a more manageable 200 varieties. I am now very choosy as to which type of snowdrops I grow, preferring species, yellows, trym-like, albinos and ones with green on the outers.
Of course no winter flowering garden can rely solely on snowdrops, so I grow numerous winter flowering plants, including viburnum, mahonia, hamamelis and hellebores, to mention a few.
This is our second version of the web site and has been launched to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Judy’s death.
I hope that all snowdrop growers will find something of interest on the site. Until the recently published book by Matt Bishop et al, there has been very little in the way of snowdrop literature, especially pictorial. I am hoping that this web site will help to bridge that gap.
We have completely re-vamped the photos, hoping that the small selection we have chosen will be superior to their predecessors. More photos will be added in due
course, possibly after the next flowering season.
All of my garden snowdrops are grown in aquatic baskets so the numbers that I grow of each variety are relatively small. Each summer after lifting these baskets any surplus snowdrops will be offered for sale.
I will no longer be offering snowdrops for sale “in the green”.
I am sorry but I do not hold open days as they are far too disruptive for me and the dogs.
All the articles or comments contained on this web site are purely my own views, written from my own experiences. Please bear this in mind when reading them.
I hope you enjoy browsing through this site and who knows, you too may develop a passion for snowdrops, but beware, it can be a slow process finding the rarities or a costly process if you must have every plant that has been named.