So this appellation is obscure, but current, and refers to those plant people who are enamored with the plant genus name galanthus. The seed of this obsession is probably in many people, anyone that has seen it on a cold late winters day, or a early spring afternoon surely have the germ of this obsession. Garden Design, Winter 2012, has a blurb on it on page 66. I did not know there were 19 versions of the plant, or that only one dictionary on the web offers any help in defining it.
Essentially, galanthophiles are enthusiasts of the "snowdrop." Apparently their is a new book, 2012, on the subject of this bulb. I planted 60 of these bulbs this fall, cross your fingers for me.
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Galanthophile is indeed a rare word. It is apparently a rather new word, combining the scientific name for the snowdrop flower with the suffix, -phile. Snowdrops are another matter. En masse they put on a impressive show. Sometimes the ground is covered with snow one day and covered with snowdrops the next. Then Spring has sprung. If you are in England, check out the snowdrops in the Church Yard at The Great Tew in the Cotswolds. Telephone the local pub and they will tell you if they are blooming. I believe they bloom about March 1 there, perhaps even a little earlier. They are not April flowers.
It is dark at night, but the Sun will come up and then we can see.
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