Winter cheer: snowdrops
Last year you may have been forgiven for thinking snowdrops were the only plants in the garden as I reported on those I saw at Altamont Garden in C. Carlow – you can see them if you search above for altamont, snowdrops or galanthus. This year it seems I have forgotten about them. But that is far from the truth. Last year I dug up and split lots of clumps of snowdrops that were overcrowded and replanted them in new places. In every case the clumps were divided as the flowers were fading. Some say that it is better to wait till the leaves start to yellow but it is easy to forget by this stage and there is so much else to do by then. It is much more convenient to do it when the flowers are still on the plants and I fond they move very well. The proof is these photos I suppose because in each case I had split the clumps and planted two or three bulbs in each (more if they were very small offsets) hole in a cluster. The little clumps look very good this year and are flowering well. Above they are planted in mossy grass (well mossy moss) under Japanese maples and below in a newish bed under yellow cornus – in a few years this should look wonderful each spring.
Brilliant I shall be doing the same this year but not in Mr Malc’s grass, er sorry ‘lawn’..