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Galanthus nivalis 'Finger in the Dyke'

Galanthus nivalis 'Finger in the Dyke'


Distinct seemingly the entire range of Galanthus cultivars for being the only snowdrop to show elbows in its pedicel. Inserted at this point are sometimes one but usually two outer segment-shaped bracts variably streaked green along the veins. This usually combines with the insertion of a similar segment towards the base of the ovary which occasionally appears to have been at the expense of the third outer segment in the flower which can be missing. This just about a freakish as any fan of such snowdrops could possibly wish for but is this equally likely to arouse scorn in others! Happily this snowdrop compensates for its small size in its vigour, forming tight clumps of narrow grassy foliage which when in flower are an amazing, if peculiar sight at close quarters. 'Finger in the Dyke' originated, as might be suspected from its name, in Holland, in 2004, from a commercial grower of Rhubarb who showed specimens to Michiel Zwaan, a friend and former colleague of John Grimshaw at the Sahin seed house in Boskoop.

The name derives from the nineteenth century novel by Mary Mapes Dodge, A Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland from which in turn, derives the popular tale of a little Dutch boy who plugs a hole in a dyke with his finger and saves his country from flooding.

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