Picture Profile 2405: Galanthus “Fenstead End”.

Artist Code 2405. Galanthus “Fenstead End”. Water colour on Aquarelle Arches 100% cotton paper 140lb. 10″ x 14″. Completed 27th February 2024

This is snowdrop number ten 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.

Beautiful marked inner segments nearly covered in dark green, with an inverted ‘V’ at the notch. Some leaves are quite upright with no distinct veining and range in colour from light blue-green to yellow green. Flower stems are the same blue-green colour as the leaves. This early flowering variety, with noticeably upright foliage and large flowers, was found by Christopher Grey-Wilson in the village of Fenstead End in Suffolk when he moved there in 1987. Two years’ running at Fullers Mill, there have only been two flowering plants. The painting shows its flowering in late January 2023 (right) and in mid-February 2024 (left) – both years had only two stems with flowers, but the foliage looked a bit healthier in 2024 which might indicate bigger bulbs and more snowdrops in future. The flowers went over very quickly and it was interesting to see that the petals lifted up and curled away, becoming translucent as they decayed (lower flower heads).

Galanthus “Fenstead End” (No. 10)

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 “Wendy’s Gold” (No. 9)
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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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