I’ve been busy, out in the woodland, whenever I could this last week, frantically trying to clear all the leaves so that the snowdrops and other small bulbs can breathe! I have also found that if the leaves are left then the little slugs are able to chew away at the flowers without the birds seeing them and clearing them up for me. I have made a bit of a difference, but there are still more to clear and weeds to pull. My six for this week will show that I am about half way through.
This was the first area to get tidied and weeded as this is what I see through the archway from the house and this has the most “special” snowdrops in it.
And this is the same area photographed from the other side.
A smaller area on the right has Cardamine quinquifolia as ground cover with the lilac flowers, Narcissus Rijnveld’s Early Sensation at the back and Narcissus pseudonarcissus just starting to open along with Leucojum aestivum on the left.
At the left hand end of the woodland is this small area which has a few special snowdrops, the main clump is Hobson’s Choice with a little clump of Ivy Cottage Corporal next to it. I’m hoping that all the greenery is from Honesty seedlings.
Snowdrop Hill where there are a lot of specials, I can see Lapwing, Wendy’s Gold and Diggory standing out from the rest. These last 2 areas have had the leaves raked off, just the weeds to tackle now.
I still have to start work on this area, there will be lots of ivy and brambles to pull out as well as all the other weeds and the leaves. The snowdrops at the front are Cedric’s Prolific and at the back, the large clump is of Magnet. I’ll have to be very carefull raking leaves here as Crocus tommasinianus are now up and flowering.
This area will be left to last because it is so wet and therefore I haven’t planted many specials here, just the wild ones to see if they can cope with all the water. This is where the snakeshead fritillaries flower in about a months time. I have a horrible feeling that most of the green you can see is grass and not fritillary foliage!
Eventually it will all be clear of leaves and weeds then I have the job of mulching it all with last years leaf mould! The last time I was here working I had 2 robins for company, diving down as soon as they could see anything that wriggles, nice to have company while I’m working!
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