DRYAD GOLD GROUP SNOWDROPS

Back in 2006, I had just begun collecting snowdrops, and being a beginner, tried to buy varieties that I could see were distinct. I was immediately attracted to the beauty, rarity and distinctiveness of the yellows. At the time, the only two yellow snowdrops readily available were G. plicatus 'Wendy's Gold' and G. nivalis 'Lutescens' (as it was then - now classed under 'Sandersii').

 

I had already been breeding miniature daffodils for 15 years and felt I had plenty of experience with the colour yellow (!), so I decided that a logical extension was to try crossing these two varieties with the intention of producing some rare new yellow snowdrops of my own. It seems I was very lucky as the seeds I produced by hand pollination produced 20 seedlings. When the seedlings first flowered in 2010, I was delighted to find that almost all of them were yellow. Despite a number of attempts to recreate the cross I have been unsuccessful and therefore these varieties are unique.


 


 

Over the last 5 years, I have been propagating and assessing these different clones, both in my garden and with

other expert growers, to ensure stability and exclude any potential for reversion. Following successful testing in the UK and in Estonia, I have now decided to name three varieties, prior to releasing a very limited number to other growers. The group name is Dryad Gold Group, and all varieties retain the first two words of the group name. With the parentage plicatus x nivalis, the hybrids fall under Galanthus x valentinei.


They are all good growers in the garden, with strong stems which remain more or less erect, unlike 'Wendy's Gold', which dips its flower stems after flowering. Their hybrid vigour should make them much easier to grow than other yellows such as 'Ronald Mackenzie', which can be difficult to keep.

 

The leaves of all the varieties are mostly applanate, with some showing a tendency to plicate edges on one or both sides. Markings on the flowers are stable. Like other yellow snowdrops, the inner segment marks can be slightly greenish yellow on first opening, but then quickly change to true yellow. The best colour is acheivedout in the open, rather than under glass. The different clones vary markedly in size, from only 6cm high to over 30cm.

 

As stocks allow, I will release these varieties for sale. Currently, they are only available on ebay, but as my stocks increase, I will be offering them in my mail-order list.

If you want to follow me as a seller, and be informed when the bulbs are listed, use this link and click on 'FOLLOW" http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/dryadzny

 

At present these snowdrops are exclusive to me and are not available from anyone else - beware of other sellers claiming to be offering any of the Dryad Gold snowdrops.

 

I believe these plants will become the new 'gold standard' in yellow snowdrops, both for serious collectors and for gardeners who want snowdrops which are robust, stable and make a bold statement in the spring garden.

 

Due to the rarity, large number of requests to purchase, and limited number available (both this year and in the next couple of years), ebay seems to be the fairest way of giving everyone the same chance of obtaining one of these highly desirable and rare collectors' snowdrops.

 

See also my short article showing the Dryad Golds :

http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2015Jun251435252604IRG_66.pdf

 

 

Descriptions of the registered varieties are below, but please note that these have not all been released for sale yet, as stocks have not allowed.

 

 

DRYAD GOLD BULLION

Flowering height 8cm. Scapes upright, flower length including ovary 35mm. Leaves at flowering time 7x36mm, glaucous, arching. Pedicel straight, half as long as the spathe. 'Claw' 2mm long. Ovary yellow, cylindrical, just less than one third the length of the outer segments. Inner segments with yellow inverted U to 40% of the length, the curve of the U more acute than Gold Sovereign. Bulbs increase quickly.

 

DRYAD GOLD CHARM

Flowering height 10cm. Scapes very upright, flower length including ovary 40mm. Leaves at flowering time 5x50mm, glaucous, arching. Buds long and narrow. Pedicel almost straight, two thirds as long as the curved spathe. No obvious 'claw'. Ovary yellow, narrowly cylindrical, one third the length of the outer segments. Outer segments broad and smooth. Inner segments with slightly greenish yellow inverted heart to 50% of the length. Newly opening flowers shaped like large, long teardrops. Dwarf-growing variety especially suitable for pots and containers, although equally happy in the garden.

 

DRYAD GOLD INGOT

Flowering height 9cm. Scapes very upright, flower length including ovary 30mm. Leaves at flowering time 9x45mm, glaucous, arching. Pedicel curved, two thirds as long as the straight spathe. 'Claw' 3mm. Ovary light yellow, cylindrical, almost half the length of the outer segments. Outer segments smooth and broad. Inner segments with olive green inverted U to 60% of the length, bleeding yellow almost to the base, and fading to yellowish green. In effect, a reverse 'Blonde Inge'.

 

DRYAD GOLD MEDAL

Flowering height 15cm. Scapes upright to arching, flower length including ovary 40mm. Leaves at flowering time 7x70mm, glaucous, spreading. Pedicel almost straight, two thirds as long as the spathe. 'Claw' 4mm long. Ovary yellow, cylindrical, one third the length of the outer segments. Outer segments smoother, broader and more cupped than Gold Sovereign. Inner segments with yellow inverted V to 40% of the length. Very lovely rounded flowers, which are large relative to the height of the stem.

 

DRYAD GOLD NUGGET

Flowering height 8cm. Scapes upright, flower length including ovary 26mm. Leaves at flowering time 3x45mm, glaucous, upright. Pedicel almost straight, half as long as the curved spathe. No obvious 'claw'. Ovary yellow, cylindrical, one third the length of the outer segments. Outer segments smooth. Inner segments with pea green inverted heart to 50% of the length.  A smaller version of Gold Ingot.

 

DRYAD GOLD RIBBON

 

Flowering height 16cm. Scapes very upright, flower length including ovary 45mm. Leaves at flowering time 10x70mm, glaucous, arching. Pedicel almost straight, half as long as the spathe. 'Claw' 2mm long. Ovary yellow, cylindrical, one third the length of the outer segments. Outer segments broad and lightly ribbed. Inner segments with yellow inverted heart to 55% of the length. Prolific flowerer.

 

DRYAD GOLD SOVEREIGN

Flowering height 15cm. Scapes upright, flower length including ovary 40mm. Leaves at flowering time 7x80mm, glaucous, spreading. Pedicel straight, almost as long as the spathe. 'Claw' 4mm long. Ovary yellow, cylindrical, one third the length of the outer segments. Inner segments with yellow inverted U to 40% of the length. Has performed very well in the garden, long lasting noticeably large flowers on strong stems. Usually the earliest of the Dryad Golds to flower, increases well - always admired.

 

DRYAD GOLD STAR

 

Flowering height 9cm. Scapes upright, flower length including ovary 30mm. Leaves at flowering time 4x30mm, glaucous, upright to arching. Buds long and narrow.Pedicel almost straight, half as long as the straight spathe. No obvious 'claw'. Ovary yellow, narrowly cylindrical, one third to one half the length of the outer segments. Outer segments broad and lightly ribbed. Inner segments with yellow inverted heart to 40% of the length. Dwarf plant, large flowers open like drop-earrings, distinct long narrow ovary. Flowers display well above low foliage at flowering time. Excellent for pots and containers, though equally happy in the open ground.