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Snowdrops do spread!

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When we first moved here over 5 years ago, it was winter, and we didn’t know what was in the garden. I was hoping that there would be some bulbs, but what a surprise I got!

Ash tree and snowdrops in 2005

There were bulbs – and up they came – but only snowdrops. Our predecessors must have loved them. Maybe they’d visited ‘Snowdrop Valley’ on Exmoor, because there were snowdrops everywhere – in every bed, border and even in the double wall…snowdrop heaven!

In the double wall

Double snowdrops – Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’

Single snowdrops – G. nivalis

Would you like to come for a walk round the garden, and take a look at the snowdrops I have now? They’re a picture at the moment – a bit later than usual, admittedly.

We’ll start on the front lawn – where there are several trees, including the weeping ash.

Ash tree and snowdrops in 2010

You’ll notice that there are quite a lot more snowdrops now than there were, and I’ve planted Cyclamen coum amongst the snowdrops, as well.

Walk a bit further to the beech tree.

Round the beech tree

Then down the front path where there are several clumps to be found, hiding under a hebe and in the flower bed.

By the front path

Hiding under a hebe

I even spotted some coming up between the leaves of a bergenia – that was a surprise!

In the bergenia

Now we’ll walk along by the stream wall – and look back along the path to the stone bridge.

Looking back

If we carry on round the corner by Walter, the whole corner is covered in snowdrops.

Walter’s corner

And they’ve spread under the shrubs along the path, surrounding the Astelia nervosa outside the garden room.

Surrounding the Astelia

Now we’ll walk into the side garden – there are clumps in the top border.

In the top border

And in the corner by the steps as well.

In the corner by the steps

We’ll just divert through the gate into the back garden – passing even more on the way!

By the gate

In the back garden, there seems to be a new clump – I certainly didn’t plant them there – nor did our predecessors, as we gave this part of the garden a complete make-over. How did they get there?

Past another double wall, where there are some with a Euonymus ‘Golden Harlequin’

Back into the side garden, across the lawn to the fernery – yes, more here, and other clumps along behind the poplar trees, as well.

In the fernery

Now we have to cross the wooden bridge which takes us back to where we started.

By the bridge

Every year, there are more and more snowdrops – I haven’t shown you all of them by any means. Up to this year, I only had the two Galanthus nivalis, double and single – but I did buy a few Galanthus elwesii to go in my new pots, and they’ll be planted out somewhere in the garden soon. That’s if I can find a space for them!

Galanthus elwesii

But each year, a few little escapees pop up away from the main clumps – I dig them up and replant them. Can’t have them chopped off by the lawn mower, now can I?

Just in case you’ve got white before the eyes from looking at all my snowdrops, here’s a change – the first Narcissi to flower this year.

Narcissi ‘Tete a Tete’

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lovely garden! I look forward to seeing more over the course of this year. The snowdrops are very pretty and it's amazing how they spread. I planted two lots this year. One lot of three that I bought from a nursery, singles; and one lot that my mum kindly sent me in the post, doubles. It will be really interesting to see if they pop up all over the place in the years to come.......thanks for sharing your snowdrops!

12 Mar, 2010

 

p.s. I covet your stream!

12 Mar, 2010

 

You're welcome. Karen - and you can't have it - sorry. ;-)

12 Mar, 2010

 

barbara they look absolutly lovely, so many to, thanx for the tour :o)) x

12 Mar, 2010

 

Doh...foiled again!

12 Mar, 2010

 

I could send you some water, Karen - but beware - there are cows in the field next door and they stand in the stream - and then........lol.

Glad you enjoyed it, Sandra! :-))

12 Mar, 2010

 

Hmmm....think I'll pass...it would probably be Molly's favourite drink though!

12 Mar, 2010

 

Oh, Henry's not at all bothered. LOL.

12 Mar, 2010

 

Yet another glorious view of your lovely garden Spritz.

13 Mar, 2010

 

Beautiful, you can never have enough and I think this year after the awful Winter, we've appreciated them more than ever.

13 Mar, 2010

 

I've just put some in this year, I will be more than happy if they spread like yours, they're beautiful

13 Mar, 2010

 

Too much is NEVER a good thing in this case! You've as many snowdrops as I have buttercups, lol.

13 Mar, 2010

 

wow amazing i can just picture the first time you saw all these beauties, i bet your eyes popped out!

13 Mar, 2010

 

Yes - it was a lovely surprise! I do wonder why they didn't go for other bulbs though.

Oh Wagger....not possible! LOL.

Thank you, Ian - and Dawn and Grindle - I hope yours thrive. :-))

13 Mar, 2010

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What a wonderful bonus that was Spritz. They look fantastic en masse like that, lovely. Yes it does seem strange that they didn't plant other bulbs, but I'm sure you'll soon put that right. The little tete a tetes are sweet and such a welcome splash of colour.

13 Mar, 2010

 

You're right, Mad - I've planted a number of different bulbs each year. :-))

13 Mar, 2010

 

Wonderful I am so envious! I must be doing something so very wrong as the snow drops I have planted in the past have either disappeared or not flowered. I have a nice clump of leaves which I planted last Autumn but sadly no flowers. My brother who lives near Bangor in Wales is bringing some in "the green" this Sunday so I shall be crossing my fingers for some of the beauties next Spring. I love your garden sigh!! Love Sue x

13 Mar, 2010

 

That's strange - and a shame, because they are a pleasure. I hope your next 'batch' thrive.

Thank you for the lovely comment....:-))

13 Mar, 2010

 

Fantastic Spritzhenry! What a great touch of Spring, gives me hope for my garden yet! Loved walking your garden with you, great blog, it made me smile.:o)

13 Mar, 2010

 

I'm so glad - we could all do with one of those, couldn't we!

13 Mar, 2010

 

Absolutely beautiful,Spritz,I just fancied a walk! I thought I had lost mine I had given last year,but they finally arrived...not many,but its a start.My friend gave me some more" in the green " 2 weeks ago,and are flowering nicely too.:o)))

13 Mar, 2010

 

That's good. It's definitely the way to plant snowdrops. As you've seen they DO spread!

13 Mar, 2010

 

Goodness Barbara, your predecessors certainly did like snowdrops, they are lovely though. The Narcissi are lovely, we are still lagging behind here.

13 Mar, 2010

 

Thanks, Docbob - with the temps rising this week, I reckon we'll all see some new flowers opening! :-)))))

13 Mar, 2010

 

Just beautiful Barbara, I could look at Snowdrops forever. I'd also love a real stream, is yours natural? It looks it.
Ours isn' & it still has a leak.:o((

13 Mar, 2010

 

I've never seen so many Snowdrops in one garden before! These are wonderful! What a wonderful walk around your lovely garden!

I've seen more this year around here then I've ever seen before. But that may well be because this year I'm out of work & am able to see places I've not seen other years for working.

I posted a few photos of Snowdrops in the Spring Flowers blog I wrote a couple of weeks ago. Some are in a garden that I often passed on the way to work in the afternoons. This garden has many 100s of them carpeting the ground, there they don't seem to make clumps but just spread themselves around.

13 Mar, 2010

 

wow you have so many..... lovely garden. Barbara............

13 Mar, 2010

 

They do indeed!

13 Mar, 2010

 

Thanks Barbara for the walk round your garden loved looking at all the snowdrops.

13 Mar, 2010

 

wonderful little fellows.

13 Mar, 2010

 

Thanks, all. I did wonder if you'd be fed up with seeing snowdrops, so I'm glad you enjoyed looking at mine.

Yes, Pam - it is a natural stream. On the OS map it's called a brook - I suppose I should call it that as well, but I don't. lol.

13 Mar, 2010

 

Not fed up yet, Spritz. Snowdrops are always a welcome sight and yours are wonderful.

13 Mar, 2010

 

Love your snowdrops, and especially like the cyclamen with them, it's quite beautiful.

13 Mar, 2010

 

Thanks, Mr MB and Silverbelle. :-))

13 Mar, 2010

 

Am all white and green with envy, Spritz! And, those dwarf narcissi !!!!!! :-))

14 Mar, 2010

 

Such a pleasure Spritz to see so many naturalising. I am gradually introducing mine through-out the garden. The original bulbs are actually proud of the soil, but I daren't move them deeper as they flower reliably every year. I do envy you your lovely garden.

14 Mar, 2010

 

Thanks, David! Green AND white ? - I think you should see a Doctor, my friend! LOL.

Thank you, Homebird. Yes, some of my snowdrops push out of the soil - I dig them up and re-plant them.

14 Mar, 2010

 

You do have lots of snowdrops. They're a wonderful sight. I can't decide whether I preffer them on their own or intermingling with other things - well both are nice really.

14 Mar, 2010

 

You're right, Hywel - I have both plantings, but like them anyway! lol.

14 Mar, 2010

 

what a wonderful and extensive collection of snowdrops Spritz.Love to see them en masse and especially beneath and around trees ! Thank you for sharing.

14 Mar, 2010

 

Thanks, Ray/Jane - glad you like them. :-)))

14 Mar, 2010

 

nice lot of snowdrops, spritz, ive planted cyclamen with mine

15 Mar, 2010

 

Yes - I'm doing that slowly. I like them together! :-))

15 Mar, 2010

 

What a wonderful display. I love snowdrops, masses and masses of them. I should say that I have exactly seven!

15 Mar, 2010

 

Oh Ginellie! Well - that's seven more than some people have! lol. Glad you like mine.

15 Mar, 2010

 

That's certainty more than I've got! Lol! Though I've got a lot more photos in the last few days of them growing alongside the Brook that runs alongside part of the Town Park.

17 Mar, 2010

 

They're so late, aren't they! Still a welcome sight, though. :-)))

18 Mar, 2010

 

Enjoyed the stroll Spritz especially by the stream, but I must admit after looking at all your Snowdrops I had to laugh at the thought of me getting excited about finding my one solitry little clump at the bottom of my garden.
Perhaps in a few years time I shall have as many as you have round your Beech Tree . lol.

18 Mar, 2010

 

Wow! I'm all snowed out......................! Your garden is an Aladin's cave and am looking forward to seeing what else grows there during the rest of the year. Bet it'll be stunning! Anne

19 Mar, 2010

 

Oh, Stroller - I'm not really responsible for planting them, after all! So be pleased about yours - they will spread!!

Thanks, Anne. I'll try to show you some more of the garden later on. :-))

19 Mar, 2010

 

My brother brought me a couple of pots of lovely snowdrops which are everywhere in his garden in Wales. I have planted them on my rockery away from the other lots that haven't grown previously so fingers crossed........? love Sue xxxx I have just run through your garden again............joy oh joy!

23 Mar, 2010

 

Hi Sue - when I looked at the date I wrote this and took the photos, then look outside now, I can hardly believe that the garden was covered in little white flowers! Those few days of sunshine have changed the whole garden....

I don't mind, by the way! lol. Good luck with your pots of snowdrops. I hope they thrive. :-))

23 Mar, 2010

 

Thankyou for your reply, I will be crossing everything next Spring for the flowers to appear. I know there are worse things in life to get upset about but we gardeners just want the best from our plots don't we? Love Sue xx

24 Mar, 2010

 

We do indeed. I have a few G. elwesii which I must move from the pots into the garden - I'll be crossing everything for those, too!

24 Mar, 2010

 

It's a shame they are over so quickly. :-( We wait for them to be amongst the harbingers of spring & then they are gone without trace till next year!

27 Mar, 2010

 

It's amazing, really. Such useful little flowers. Out of the way before the lawn needs cutting! lol.

27 Mar, 2010

 

Well they wouldn't around here. The council gardeners started cutting the grass around town on 22nd March! The patches of green around our building were cut for the first time before the Snowdrops had even begun to flower!

We sometimes joke about the small patch of grass in front of our balcony as "our lawn" & that the council gardeners kindly cut it for us every week. It it were my lawn it would have 100s of spring flowers growing in it!

28 Mar, 2010

 

I'm not allowed to plant Narcissi in the lawns - it's OH's job to cut the grass, and he wouldn't go round the clumps. The snowdrops are safe, because the grass under the weeping ash is very short anyway, so although he has cut the rest of the grass, this area can be left!

28 Mar, 2010

 

Delightful, look so good in your garden, the perfect setting for them.

29 Mar, 2010

 

Thanks, Dd. :-))

30 Mar, 2010

 

What a lovely treat for you Spritz:-)

5 Apr, 2010

 

Certainly was! :-))

6 Apr, 2010

 

enjoyed looking at ur snowdrops hun , just started planting them now .

29 Oct, 2010

 

What - as bulbs, Cristina? I do hope they grow for you - it's much better to wait until they're in flower and buy them 'in the green'. Bulbs tend to shrivel up....

29 Oct, 2010

 

It was so good to pick up on your lovely blog again, Spritz, by chance. I am already looking forward to the "snowdrop walk" season, again. Hopefully, I shall see the beginnings of my own one, by the stream at "The Haven", initiated by fresh bulbs kindly sent by Amy, and planted straight away. I do agree, however, that the best way is to buy in the green (and, at least, you know where you have planted them, and can visualise the layout better).

Cambo estate, here in Fife, holds a national Collection of snowdrops, and does mail/online order. I remember Fourseasons posting pics of the snowdrops in the green they got from there. Have always meant to visit in snowdrop season, but always chose other venues. i really must get the dates for Feb/March next year - and make a visit a priority, if not a new year resolution!!! (so soon!! LOL!). Many thanks to you, Spritz and Cristina!!! I have something else to look forward to! :-D)

29 Oct, 2010

 

It won't be too long before we see them again....thanks for the comment, David. I have recommended a stockist to several members - a reliable source, who sell snowdrops 'in the green' for a reasonable price, if you want any more in the spring.

29 Oct, 2010

 

I do think that I shall need a great deal more for my "own " walk, Spritz, and would very much welcome any recommendations! :-))X

29 Oct, 2010

 

PM on the way, David. xx

30 Oct, 2010

 

Properly looked after snowdrop bulbs do not dry up. The specialist snowdrop catalogues for dry bulbs are just appearing now - mind, you will need a second mortguage to buy the bulbs.

30 Oct, 2010

 

You're looking at specialists, Mr B. and as you say - that costs. I'm concerned about the non-specialist catalogues that list snowdrop bulbs, and if you buy from them, you'll be lucky if any of them survive.

Much better to wait and buy them 'in the green' if you want a lot of G. nivalis wouldn't you agree?

30 Oct, 2010

 

i need pm bt it too sprize please lol as they wud look lovely on my woodland bank x

30 Oct, 2010

 

You are probably right, Spritzhenry, I just have 'feelings' about buying and planting bulbs in the green. We have bought snowdrops in the green ourselves many years ago and, as far as I remember, they were quite OK. Probably I am being unrational (what, again, never?).

30 Oct, 2010

 

carnt get green here so have to b bulbs .... will see lol x fingers x

30 Oct, 2010

 

Cristina, you have to wait until spring, then order them 'in the green'. I'll PM you with the details of a reliable firm whose prices are reasonable, too.

30 Oct, 2010

 

Like David says it's good to revisit this blog of yours, Spritz! I enjoyed this new visit!

31 Oct, 2010

 

I was amazed when it popped up on 'My News', Balcony! I'm glad you enjoyed your trip back, though. :-))

31 Oct, 2010

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