He guided us through his estate, Colesbourne Park. on a sunday with strong winds (Storm Ciara) and heavy rain - I think he is a real English man of tradition and high education: hardy and stoic, modest, charming and witty, gardener and gentleman ... As I said to him "It was an honour to be guided by Henry Elwes" (the 'Sir' was not mentioned on his name sign), he said slightly smiling "It is always a pleasure to me to guide such nice galanthophiles like you."
"Sir Henry William George Elwes Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire between 1992 and 2010.(born 24 October 1935) is a retired British politician and public servant. He served as a District and County Councillor in Gloucestershire for 32 years and was
"The great plantsman, Henry John Elwes planted widely, and the garden today contains magnificent populations of snowdrops, many of them hybrids, descended from those original plantings. The present day collection has been built up over the years through purchases, gifts and exchanges with other collectors such as Herbert Ransom, who grew snowdrops for the Giant Snowdrop Company, and galanthophiles such as Ruth Birchall, Primrose Warburg and Richard Nutt. Carolyn and Henry Elwes, and more recently Shane Ball and Will Fletcher plant out thousands of snowdrops each year and new varieties are added when possible. With the collection now totalling some 350 cultivars, though not all are on display at the same time. Colesbourne Park is renowned as one of the best places to see large groups of choice snowdrops. According to Country Life (1999) it is ‘England’s greatest snowdrop garden.’"
"Galanthus elwesii (Elwes's snowdrop, greater snowdrop) is one of a number of species of the genus Galanthus, herbaceous, perennial, bulbous plants belonging to the family Amaryllidaceae. It is a native of the Caucasus. G. elwesii was identified by the British botanist Henry John Elwes on a visit to Turkey in 1874. In early April, whilst in the mountains near Smyrna (modern Izmir), he came across "the fine large snowdrop which now bears my name". It was then formally described by Joseph Dalton Hooker (1875) and named G. elwesii, with an illustration by W H Fitch in Curtis's Botanical Magazine, and thus the species bears his name as the botanical authority. Later the plants collected by Elwes were found to actually be G. gracilis but the name was retained for a different specimen."
"Galanthus 'Green Tear' is an incredibly precious and expensive snowdrop that belongs to the virescent group; the green snowdrops. The cultivar name "Green Tear" describes the variety extremely aptly when it is in bud."
Sorry, it was raining so heavily that some raindrops fell on my camera.
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