snowdrop - In The Green
Pure and virginal, the single snowdrop pushes through the bare earth with a green spear before opening its willowy flower -a true harbinger of spring
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture-retentive soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: January and February
- Flower colour: pure white
- Other features: all parts of the plant may cause a mild stomach upset if ingested; contact with the bulbs may cause skin irritation
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Garden care: Plant in naturalistic drifts when they arrive. Where bulbs are planted in grass do not cut the grass until after the leaves have died back. Divide large colonies immediately after flowering while the leaves are still green.
Snowdrop bulbs bought in the autumn tend to get dehydrated and this can lead to disappointing results. This is why planting bulbs 'in the green' is becoming more and more popular. Snowdrops are perfect for naturalising in grass. Plant in well-drained, moisture-retentive soil.
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Q:When is the best time to divide my snowdrops? ThanksAsked on 3/3/2013 by Mark from Hampshire
The best time to lift and divide large clumps is early spring - just after they have finished flowering, but before the leaves die back.Answered on 3/4/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Native plants for a grave.....
Hi, I'm looking for some UK native plants for my friends grave. It's a woodland cemetery, hence the native. Preferably something that won't spiral out of control without excessive upkeep. What can you suggest? Thanks, JoAsked on 3/24/2010 by Jo
A:Hello Jo, There are a couple of things that I think would be lovely - here are some of the best. Hyacinthoides non-scripta (bluebell) Anemone nemorosa (wood anemone) Galium odoratum (sweet woodruff) Digitalis purpurea (foxglove) Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop) Polypodium vulgare (common polypody) I hope this gives you a few ideas, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 3/25/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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