I’m trying with this blog to do several things simultaneously. First, to share with fellow galanthophiles my version of the delight we feel when contemplating snowdrops. Second, to encourage people who are already galanthophiles to consider thinking about snowdrops as players in a fabulously intricate evolutionary drama, as well as beautiful, collectable objects and third, to try and reach plant lovers who are not yet galanthophiles because they don’t yet know how variable this exquisite genus is.
My previous posts have all been text and pictures, with a few short video clips. In this one I’m trying something completely different. Snowdrops in flower move. As the light and the temperature change, so does the mood in a population. Scent drifts up from the plants. They grow as members of a community of other plants and animals. They exist in a geographical context and they live in the Anthropocene. I wondered whether a documentary would be a better way of getting all this across. So this is an experiment. Please let me know what you think.
There are a few captions clarifying some of my comments. You may need to turn on captions in the bottom-right of the viewer.
Anyone interested in a formal description of G. bursanus, should consult the excellent paper in which it was described. It is available here and happily is not behind a paywall.
Also interesting to anyone fascinated by the classification of snowdrops is the most recent paper describing the phylogeny – evolutionary history – of the genus. It is a bit out of date, but it remains the latest published word. You will need to use a bit of ingenuity to get free access to this one. Try Googling ‘Sci Hub’, if you are stuck.