Berghill


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Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 08:36

As said G. nivalis is scented, but some forms are more scented than others.

No, G. nivalis is almost certainly not native, however it has been out there in the wild (so to speak) for so long that it is now classed as 'native'.

Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 12:29

Oh and we have never bought any G. nivalis bulbs except for a the double version. All the ones we have bought are other species, like G ewersii and G. fosteri and some others whose names I always forget.

There is usually a good show of them at the Early Bulb show in Caerleon in February. (Alpine Garden Society show).

Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 10:43

Just answered all these questions and lost the posting.

80 to 100 years.

Leaf mould, scrap metal, broken glass and pottery etc

Perry Pear, Damson, Rowan and Hawthorn.

Damp soil as it is the lowest part of the land.

And that picture is only a quarter of it.

We have spread the bulbs out over the last 20 years. Each bulb planted with become 5 in a few seasons.

Very highly scented and sterile, so not straight G. nivalis. Usual method of spread is the moles.

 

Grasses

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 21:31

Miscanthus

I do it now so that I can use the hedge trimmers to chop down at ground level. I even do that to the evergreen ones every third year. Easier to do when there are no new shoots appearing.

Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 21:27

Word of caution, do not split into single bulbs. For some reason Snowdrops like company, plant in at least threes in the same hole.

This is what I am looking forward to seeing, from last year.

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/Owdboggy/February%202013/P1160938.jpg

Part of my Snowdrop Wood

 

Grasses

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 18:06

Well, I have cut down our huge clumps of Miscanthus hybridus at this time of year for the last 10 years without damaging them.

 

Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 16:06

I see you are in Camden so some of these places may be near to you

http://www.gardensillustrated.com/article/visits/flurry-snowdrops

Grasses

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 16:00

Easy, evergreen ones should only have dead stuff raked out of them. Deciduous grasses are chopped to the ground, I usually do ours in February, but this year I  did it in October as I got fed up of bits of them blowing all over the place.

Great thing is, that it really does not matter, they recover whichever way you do it.

Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 12:53

If you bought them as soon as they appeared in the outlets then they may well survive. Other thing to do when  soaking them as Obelixx says is to add  some fungicide to the water.

The ones I have in flower are G. elwesii Barnes Form which is a very early type.

Wish I could afford the special ones which are around, especially the autumn flowering ones like G. lagodechianus.

Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 09:05

Their growth is triggered by autumn rains. They have evolved to begin growing when the leaves on deciduous trees have fallen and to complete their growth when those same trees are once again covered in leaves.

Sorry, but the dried bulbs sold in all sorts of outlets are generally dead. Either buy them freshly dug at any time of the year or as growing plants.

The reason for them dying when dried is because they do not have a water retaining skin in the same way as Narcissus and Tulips do, so they dehydrate very easily.

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