A few years ago I transferred some of my wild snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, from the woodland to the front border by the drive. I planted them at the back of the border amongst the red stems of Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt.
They have now increased so much that I think some of them will need to be divided this year.
The front of the bed is the bee and butterfly border which grows in the summer and hides the back of the border, but at the moment has been cut down for the winter. The back of the border has autumn and winter interest and the front spring and summer interest.
There are a few wild primroses also at the back of the border and I will be encouraging them to spread too.
Such a shame to think that in a couple of weeks it will be time to coppice the Cornus back almost to the ground. There must be something I can make out of the stems, I hate having to chop them up for the compost! They send up new shoots which will grow to 6/7ft in the summer and it is the new shoots that have the best colour.
Behind the Cornus in this photograph is a Pyracantha bush but I wish I knew when is the right time to prune it. If I do it now, I will cut off the flowers and therefore won’t have any berries , the same as if I prune it after it has flowered, can anyone help please, so that I can keep flowers and berries?
Hopefully, if I divide any large clumps of snowdrops each year, I should soon have a carpet of white to greet me when I step outside the front door. Just thinking about it makes my back ache, but it will be worth it!