I’m slightly concerned that I’m in danger of developing galloping galanthophilia. I’ve previously been puzzled by those obsessed by the minute differences between one snowdrop and another, but I’ve started to realise that the differences aren’t always minute, and that it’s wonderful to grow a few specials in amongst the standard singles and doubles. Sam Arnott is my all time favourite because it’s tall, elegant and fragrant, but I’ve just spotted this clump growing in the woodland area of the garden and found myself examining its markings with a worrying degree of enthusiasm. Help!
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Unlike Snowdrop Valley, I can’t claim to have an entire valley carpeted with blooms, but I do have more each year. The very first in flower is a clump of S.Arnott at the foot of the mulberry tree. It surprises me every year because I forget that I planted them there several years ago. When the sun comes out the flowers open right out with the petals folding back like wings. Wonderful.
I could stand it no longer! Everything in the garden looked SUCH A MESS that I decided I had to make a start on some tidying and take the risk of more cold weather. I began with the woodland area beneath the tulip tree where the matted mass of leaves was concealing cyclamen, snowdrops, lots of self-sown tulipa sylvestris (hooray!) and hellebores. It was an area that had been overrun with wild strawberries that were threatening to choke out everything else, so they have been severely reduced and I’m sure the whole area will look much better for this, especially when I have added a mulch of bark in a couple of weeks.
Tomato seedlings, sown in coir pellets in the heated propagator on Sunday were germinating by Friday
My pots of species tulips have a gravel mulch, that way I know which to leave undisturbed from year to year.
When I moved here, there were no snowdrops in the garden, now they are popping up everywhere. I divide large clumps just after flowering to spread them even further.