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Welcome to Spring!
Member Name: Lunaria
Date: 01/03/12, updated on 07/07/12 (44 review reads)
Advantages: Early flowering and trouble free.
Snowdrops are a cheerful and heart warming sight after the bleak long days of winter and they tell us spring is on the way. They usually come into flower during February, but can flower in January depending upon where you live in the country and weather conditions. They remain in flower throughout February and March. The botanical and Latin name for snowdrops is Galanthus meaning milky white flowers, but they have been known as Candlemas Bells and Maids in February.
It seems so remarkable that these delicate little white flowers can be so hardy, they will flower through snow quite happily. There are many varieties of snowdrops, some can be slightly less hardy but those with double flowers, heart shaped green markings or open flowers can look very pretty.
Where I live in Wales snowdrops grow abundantly in hedgerows and in beautiful large drifts within woodland areas. I have never had to buy snowdrop bulbs because they are rampant throughout my garden so it is more a matter of keeping them in check. Once you have snowdrop bulbs in your garden they will multiply and eventually become a large swathe.
Snowdrops are easy to lift and divide either very early in the year as recommended by Dan Pearson or when the leaves are dying back during late spring. Simply dig up an existing clump making sure there is plenty of depth of soil so as not to damage bulb roots and then break into smaller sections. Replant each new clump with plenty of leaf mould and water in well.
Snowdrops thrive in semi-shade areas and do not like dry soil conditions. They are rarely troubled by pests and diseases as they grow so early in the season. The leaves when dying back can be left to rot down naturally unlike Narcissus leaves which tend to flop across over plants and can look untidy.
With their white bell shaped flowers snowdrops are a very pretty and uplifting sight, we must continue to treasure them growing in the wild and also enjoy them in our gardens and parks.
Enjoy the spring!
© Lunaria 2012
Summary: A well loved early springtime flowering bulb.
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