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No snowdrops this year


Because of the ground disturbance and the digging up and replanting for the new shed my snowdrops have disappeared, as have most of my hellebores. Only one of the latter is flowering. However I do have three clumps of primroses with their bright yellow faces and a tiny clump of purple pansies which have been blooming for a few weeks.

We now have an Amelanchier planted in front of the back fence which will grow to hide much of the brick wall (no windows thankfully) of the house behind. There is also a Liquidambar Styraciflua behind the shed, again to hide the houses. I have also bought three evergreen honeysuckles to grow on two fences, and the dwarf Cox we had is waiting to be installed in it’s new site. We’re thinking of buying another dwarf apple, possibly James Grieve (I love these apples) or Fiesta to help with pollinating.

The weather has put a stop to work for the time being and we still haven’t agreed on a colour for the new shed but, after taking horticultural advice, it won’t be dark brown like the fence. I still have my doubts but I was in the minority so caved in. It will probably be a blue or greeny slate colour. On the other hand it may be quite different!

No photos yet but there will be in due course. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it will all turn out.

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did you replant the snowdrops or are they 'buried under the shed?
they will do their thing again next year no doubt.

look forward to photos :o)

21 Feb, 2017


This is a good time to buy some more snowdrops "in the green" just in case they are under the shed!
The amelanchier sounds like a good choice. Did you check the eventual height and girth of the liquidamber?
I'm looking forward to the final decision on that shed colour!

21 Feb, 2017


Yes, Stera, I fully intend to buy more snowdrops in a couple of days. I don't think they're buried under the shed but some soil was removed so they could be anywhere. I agree with you Seaburn that they should do their thing next year. I'd like to see some now though.

The Liquidambar, suggested by the owner of a local nursery, is a columnar type so won't get too wide. He said the eventual height isn't too large either but I can't remember the variety and the label is still on the tree. I know some of them can be tall though. That won't be too bad as long as it doesn't block the sun which shines through that part of the garden. When it isn't so wet underfoot I shall go out and take the label off to remind myself what to expect. However, I have a feeling that it will grow far too big but hopefully will take a good number of years. We'll likely be six feet under by then!

I braved the gale to get the label. It's a Liquidambar styra Silver King. I then googled it and the variations in the eventual height range from a mere 16 feet to 50 feet with other heights in between. So I shall just have to wait and see.

23 Feb, 2017


Well you should have plenty of time to enjoy it before it gets too big anyway - its a lovely thing.

23 Feb, 2017

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