Posted: 02/02/2017 at 19:32
Funny you should say that, Cornelly, because these are the second lot of snowdrops I've planted in this garden. The first were all in a border and I'm sure they were miced! That's partly the reason why this year only a few are going in the border (I'm a chancer!) and the rest are going under turf where, as Fairygirl says, hopefully they will have a better chance. I'm really excited about this particular part of the garden. It's only small - around 30' x 15' - and has been a summer meadow in the past, last year was just scruffy lawn, but this year I HAVE PLANS for it! I'm going to turn it into a mini-woodland clearing. Last year we planted a mixed native hedge on the southern border, overlooking a beautiful valley with just one other house in view. I planted a silver birch and a rowan on the eastern border and there's an old Christmas tree (Nordman) that nearly died planted at the north-western corner. The other sides are about to be planted with a hornbeam hedge. With the turf I dug up to make the planting trench I've built a big fire pit in the middle of the 'clearing' and the hornbeam will curved around so you can't see into the clearing until you enter it, kind of like the start of a labyrinth at each of the two entrances. I'll let a hornbeam grow up a bit and will plant some smaller shrubby trees next year, once I've got a better feel for the space. The snowdrops are going under the birch. I'M SO EXCITED!!