Daily Archives: March 14, 2016

swathes of snowdrops….

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The snowdrops in the old orchard are starting to go over.   This is the best time to lift and split clumps.   I have a small number of cultivars, but I find the best snowdrop for creating drifts, by far, is the common Galanthus nivalis.   Most of the snowdrops in the old orchard, bar a clump in the hedgerow, came from a smattering of G. nivalis lifted from the lawn around 4 years ago.  To this I have added a few bulbs of the double G. nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ – a  snowdrop that has been in cultivation since the 1750s, which should also clump up well, and Galanthus ‘John Gray’ – another old cultivar with a lovely honey scent.  I’ve also nicked some snowdrops from my brother’s garden.  I have no idea what cultivars these are – so I have named them ‘Ant Small’ and ‘Ant Large’.

A very modest collection indeed.

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The process of dividing is simple – lift a clump and split into small bundles of bulbs and replant at the same depth in another spot.

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I’m aiming to create around 20 extra pockets of the G. nivalis snowdrops every day for the next the next week over a quarter of the orchard.

DSC_0175I prefer to have the effect of large drifts rather than collecting numerous cultivars, though I can appreciate the lure of ‘galanthomania’.  It’s like a more modern form of tulipmania.  Apparently a single snowdrop bulb with a yellow head and markings, (‘Elizabeth Harrison’), sold for £725.10 on ebay in 2012 – which, of course, is bonkers.

Though I do quite fancy a yellow form…. ‘Wendy’s Gold’ perhaps…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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