One of the special plants that began blooming in my garden in early April was the Spring (some say Summer) Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum). I say it is special because it is without question a true family heirloom. My Aunt Martha gave me these bulbs which she had obtained as offsets from bulbs in my grandmother’s garden. As I related about them in Guess What’s in My Garden!, they were given to my grandmother by her grandmother, so Snowflakes have been in my family for at least a century or more. I brought them along when we moved from Chapel Hill to Charlotte. I feel a real obligation to keep them going, and I intend to share them with the next generations. There are still a few blossoms left that have not gone to seed.
Now as we approach the end of April, another snowflake is making itself known in a different corner of my garden. Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum (‘Summer Snowflake’ ) is blooming its white head off. This viburnum snowflake has the wonderful habit of continuing to put out new growth…and therefore new blossoms…all summer up until frost. It won’t be as full as in this picture, but it will be colorful for the rest of the season. I am indebted to my friend and garden designer Suzanne Edney for introducing me to this plant.