Lately, I’ve been clearing in the woodland, getting ready for the snowdrop season, in between sweeping up all the autumn leaves, still a few more of those to do. Cutting back any dead bits, weeding any weeds out, generally just tidying up a bit so that the snowdrops aren’t having to compete with the winter’s detritus. When I have finished all this, then a mulch of lovely crumbly leaf mould will be spread round the snowdrops and hellebores as they seem to like it so much.
While it was still November I could see that the snowdrops were well on their way, poking their noses above ground, then suddenly I found a clump in the far left of the woodland that were actually flowering!
Farringdon is a village very near to us but has double “r” in it’s name so I am always misspelling the name of the snowdrop named after the village where it was first found. It is an early snowdrop, but I hadn’t realised that it was this early.
By the end of November the flowers were pointing upwards like little penguins, then suddemly on Dec 2nd the flowers dropped down and were looking beautiful. They seem to have spread about a bit, maybe something has been digging in the area, the same something that has chewed their label maybe!
Snowdrops are not the only bulbs that are pushing up in the woodland, my early narcissus Rijnveldt’s Early Sensation aren’t far behind. They are usually out by Christmas and so far are looking very promising.
I am really enjoying getting out into the garden in the weak winter sunshine, I have my robin for company, he hops along behind me, pouncing on anything that wriggles whenever I clear a small patch of earth. Ladies from WI in the village will be coming in the first week of February to see the snowdrops once more, I just hope we aren’t under a foot of snow by then!