Picture Profile 2404: Galanthus “Wendy’s Gold”.

Artist Code 2404. Galanthus “Wendy’s Gold”. Water colour on Aquarelle Arches 100% cotton paper 140lb. 10″ x 14″. Completed 22nd February 2024

This is snowdrop number nine in a series of thirteen paintings of snowdrops for the Iceni Botanical Artists’ Fullers Mill Project, most with a special link to East Anglia. All the project snowdrops are situated in Fullers Mill Garden, West Stow, Suffolk.

One of the most popular yellow Snowdrop, Galanthus plicatus “Wendy’s Gold” produces dainty, nodding white flowers with a brilliant lime-gold ovary which hangs from an arching, pale yellow green pedicel. The inner petals are attractively adorned with a conspicuous long yellow marking. The blooms rise atop a foliage of broad, pleated, yellow-green leaves in late winter-early spring. Superb and vigorous, this small bulbous perennial is one of the earliest and loveliest spring flowering bulbs, adding several weeks of colour and beauty to the garden. The best gold colour is obtained when this snowdrop is left undisturbed. Best massed in sweeping drifts under large deciduous trees or planted along walks or paths. At Fullers Mill it is planted beside a wall.

Galanthus “Wendy’s Gold” (No. 9).

In January 2022, the Iceni Botanical Artists, IBA (of which I am a member, and Chair from November 2021–), decided that their next botanical project would be to paint a year of the flora and fauna in Fullers Mill Garden, West Stow, Suffolk, designed and planted by Bernard Tickner and his wife, Bess. It was decided that it should be a two-year project and completion of all artworks was set for 1st January 2024.

In March 2022, Annie Delbridge, then head gardener (with permission from the Charity Perennial who now look after the garden) supplied the IBA with a list of plants which grow in the garden and the animals, birds, insects, fish etc., which live in or visit the garden. Iceni Artists have been free to choose which plants, vistas and fauna they would like to depict and it is hoped that we will hold an exhibition of all the artworks, as well as publishing a book with a selection of paintings.

My main task for the project is to paint 13 snowdrops – some rare, some not so, and others which are different, and most with a connection to East Anglia.

Galanthus “Paradise Giant” (No. 8)
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Galanthus elwesii “Chelsworth Magnet” (No. 7)
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Galanthus plicatus (Yaffle) (No. 6)
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Galanthus plicatus “Yaffle”. Flowerhead anomaly.
Galanthus “Chantry Green Twins” (No 5)
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Galanthus gracilis (No. 4) Picture Profile
Galanthus “Richard Ayres” (No 3)
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Galanthus “Three Ships” (No 2)
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Galanthus “Queen Olga” (No. 1)
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