Galanthus miscellanea

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Mark McD
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Galanthus miscellanea

No, this topic does not describe a new species of Galanthus, it's but a miscellany of Galanthus tidbits of interest, or possibly of no interest, you'll be the judge.

I recently received an email from someone looking to write a piece about avid snowdrop collecting (Galathomania). In the correspondance she mentions an unusual connection between Galanthus and something called the Pusztai Affair. Never having heard of the Pusztai Affair, I googled; very interesting indeed:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pusztai_affair

Mark McD
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Regardless of a surprise blizzard dumping 18" of snow, it won't be long before snow melts and snowdrops (Galanthus), Corydalis, and Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's breeches) will be popping up all over.  I came across this amusing connection with beer, from a Danish beer maker that has named two beers after plants, one for Galanthus nivalis, and the other for Dicentra cucullaria; the later an odd selection in that they chose a North American plant for their specialty beer.

Amager Dicentra Cucullaria beer, a bottle of Dicentra Cucullaria from Amager Bryghus in Kastrup, Denmark.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/67975030@N00/7124992999

Video Review Amager Dicentra Cucullaria (2 dudes tasting and talking beer, 6 minutes)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdTl6vUH3hU

Amager Galanthus Nivalis beer
Review:
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/amager-galanthus-nivalis/119141/
Image:
https://untappd.s3.amazonaws.com/photo/2013_01_16/a2b9749609067cf76c19eb...

Well's & Young unveils "botanical" beer, July 2008. Wells and Young's Brewery has teamed up with The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew to launch a new beer in the UK.
http://www.just-drinks.com/news/wells-young-unveils-botanical-beer_id944...

The article mentions John Lonsdale; but is this the same John Lonsdale of Edgewood Gardens in Pennsylvania, or perhaps a different person by the same name?
John Lonsdale, head of public programmes and curatorial support, said: "Kew is working to increase and share our acquired knowledge of plants, their potential uses and the importance that they have on surrounding biodiversity. As Kew approaches its 250th Anniversary in 2009, we are delighted to be working with our longstanding supporters, Wells and Young's."

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

externmed
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Under the heading: You can buy anything you want on eBay:

Possibly for  Mark McDonough's Christmas list:  (or not?)

Happy Holidays - All

Charles Swanson

 

NE Massachusetts (New England) USA  zone 6 (5B to 6B)

gardens visited, photographs:  www.flickr.com/photos/wildmeadow

Mark McD
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Excellent idea Charles, I want one of these!  Here's a couple more, one to add to the galanthus topic, and another as a way to advertise NARGS :-)

   

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

externmed
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The "Got Allium" is actually on sale now on eBay.  I agree the "Join NARGS" may be a better idea.

Charles

NE Massachusetts (New England) USA  zone 6 (5B to 6B)

gardens visited, photographs:  www.flickr.com/photos/wildmeadow

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

I've had this one on my vehicles for many years.  It reads:

King Solomon

The 1st Botanist

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Mark McD
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That's a funny one Rick, had to go look up what King Soloman was all about, very interesting indeed, although he was certainly down on wine.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

RickR
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Mark McD wrote:

That's a funny one Rick

No, no! Truth.

1Kings 4:33

He [King Solomon] described plant life, from the Cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the walls.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Yes, I probably didn't make it clear in my response, I did google King Soloman and found out he was involved in many arts and sciences, that he was a

"Botanist, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Herpetologist and Ichthyologist"

Had to look up what a Herpetologist is, now I know, but I'm not telling :-)

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

deesen
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Didn't he own a mine at one time?cheeky

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

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