Galanthus elwesii 'Barnes'
Galanthus elwesii 'Barnes' belongs to the so-called hiemalis group, a group of Galanthus elwesii, which only have one spot on their inner petals. But what makes this snowdrop special is its early beginning of the flowering season. In fact, it is one of the earliest autumn-flowering snowdrops and is considered by many galantophiles as one of the best varieties of the hiemalis-group.
The variety is known since 1973 and comes from an old manor in Naughton, Suffolk, Oliver Wyatts last residence. That´s where a particularly early flowering snowdrop was found, together with a name tag, on which "Barnes" was written. As far as is known, Wyatt was given an early-flowering snowdrop by an E. P. Barnes, a surgeon from Northampton. It was later named "Earliest of All" by Wyatt. This variety name is still common today. Therefore it is to be assumed that the 'Barnes' variety also came from that surgeon and that the two varieties originally entered the collection together.
The bulbs most likely came from the very same colony and were given to E. P. Barnes by a Mr. Barr around 1928.