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Snow and Snowdrops

Posted by Rosemoor Garden on 09 Feb 2009 at 03:32 PM

Appropriately, bearing in mind the weather we have had recently, the snowdrops at Rosemoor are putting on a fine display at the moment.  Despite being buried under the snow, they soon perked up once the thaw set in.  There are good drifts in the Winter Garden, under the trees in the Stream Field and near the Lake, and also in Lady Anne’s Garden.

Most of our snowdrops are the variety Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’ AGM.  It is one of the largest snowdrops, growing to a height of 25cm, and is also an early flowerer.  G. ‘Atkinsii’ is very vigorous and spreads into large clumps very quickly. 

You can take advantage of the vigour of some snowdrops, such as  G. ‘Atkinsii’, by lifting and splitting large clumps shortly after they have finished flowering and replanting some of them in new areas, thereby creating an even more impressive display in years to come.  This is how the drifts of snowdrops at Rosemoor have been created. 

When transplanting snowdrops it’s important to make sure they are planted at the same level they were planted previously.  You will see that there is a distinct change in the colour of the foliage at soil level; the top growth is green, whereas the leaf bases that were underground are yellowish-green.

If you are tempted to put some snowdrops in your garden, planting them ‘in the green’ (in other words, in full growth) in February or March, is likely to be much more successful than planting dry bulbs.  Many garden centres and nurseries sell pots of snowdrops for planting at this time of year.

James Shepherd, Gardener (Decorative and Nursery)


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