Thursday, July 7, 2011

My Snowdrops are disappearing

Snowdrops all but covered by an Iresine
The problem with growing bulbs which go dormant for part of the year is that after they do their disappearing act you are often left with a big gap where weeds or some other plant is only too willing to take advantage of the empty space. So this is what has happened to the spot where my clumps of Snowdrops are normally flourishing. Fortunately they are such tough bulbs they are not adverse to being lifted and being moved even when in flower. I'll just add that to the list of garden jobs to be done on these way too brief days of winter when I'd rather be in front of the fire and reading a book.
I think the best place for Snowdrops is on the edge of a lawn area. The turf doesn't need constant mowing at this time of year and the Snowdrops are tough enough to push their way through the grass, and by the time they have finished flowering, the lawn is ready for mowing again. Snowdrops are hardy over a range of climates and are a delightful addition to the winter garden scene.


  1. Good morning! Did not know that these bulbs were beautiful flowers, and they always have this problem, or weeds they occupy space, or forget where they were and do not keep clean in the days that are under the ground. Our winter here is very dry (arid), and the wind is biting, some plants protect themselves from this climate, tightening their leaves and creating a fuzz on the top layer of leaves, but when the rains return and the heat they revert to their natural patterns. It's so wonderful to observe these natural phenomena, is not it?
    Have an excellent day with your plants!

  2. Its a long time since I saw Snowdrops - they look rather pretty coming up through the coloured foliage but I agree the best place for them is probably on the edge of a lawn.
    Keep warm in this very chilly winter!