I promise this will be my last post about snowdrops this year, or at least I think it will be!!! Galanthus nivalis, or the wild snowdrops, are now flowering away in the woodland and shady borders, making small drifts of white here and there. More splitting to be done to achieve the wonderful drifts that we see in the press at this time of year. Both the singles and doubles of the wild one multiply so quickly, it really is easy to get loads and loads of them within a few years. Most of the photographs in this post are long shots of my snowdrop borders with just a couple of special ones included.
Other bulbs are now coming up and joining in with the snowdrops, the lilac flowers in the distance are Crocus tommasinianus, wonderful when they open up in the sunshine coming through the trees, the bumble bees soon find them and are buzzing everywhere.
At last, the sun shone enough to make ” Robin Hood” open up its flowers, can you see the lovely marking on the inner petals?
“Robin Hood” in all his glory! What a lovely X mark on the inner petals, so unusual.
This one is “Green Man “, I think it looks like a grumpy old man, or is that just my imagination!
Some hellebores have joined the snowdrops, adding more colour to the woodland floor.
These wild ones were split and put here in a rhododendron bed about 3 years ago, they all look as if they are ready to be split again ! I normally split them when the flowers have finished and the leaves are still green . I know , there is another school of thought that they ought to be done when they are dormant, when dormant, I would never be able to find them! I usually split them into lots of small groups of about 3 or 5 bulbs, then plant them deep enough so that all the white on the stem is covered, then water in well. I have never had any problems doing it this way and the clumps soon multiply well. Are you tempted to have drifts of wild snowdrops under your deciduous trees and bushes, I can certainly recommend them. They brighten a dreary winter scene and make us think that spring is just around the corner.