Thursday, 18 March 2010

All Down To The Very Last 'Drop



First and foremost a bit thanks to all you lovely folk who recently wished me a happy birthday. I felt a bit of a fraud as my birthday was back in January but that it was much too early in the year for my birthday present to be delivered. The new arrivals are all potted up now and recovering from their journey all the way from Devon, home of Avon Bulbs. Thanks also those of you who answered my pleas for hints and tips on taking photos of snowdrops. Your advice was much appreciated. I also came across a most useful post on the very same subject here.

This month I been making an effort to grow my clumps of galanthus nivalis which are mainly around one edge of the garden, as well as under the trees on the path leading down to the house from the main road. I would like to achieve a continous ribbon at the garden's edge,rather than the intermittant clumps that are presently dotted about. I will be dividing some of the exisiting clumps later this month or early April to plug the spaces. Some of them are now quite substantial ~



I have tried again to do a snowdrop count in the style of VP but gave up as it sent me quite cross eyed. I know from previous photos though that the clumps are expanding and have also been delighted to see that they are self seeding too.

However I was impatient when I saw some little bundles of 'drops on sale at the Country Market and most reasonably priced. I could not resist. I took some home with me recently as an early Mother's Day present but also treated myself to a few and have already planted up some of the gaps. Slowly but surely the ribbon is taking shape.

17 comments:

  1. Anna, Anna, you know how I am feeling about this post, excited for you and a bit envious for me, OK, a lot envious. I am so wishing that I could just pick up a few pots of snowdrops to increase my show. I so wish that Avon Bulbs would send me some for my birthday.
    My snowdrops are finally showing their little tips, I am hoping that when I am home on the weekend that they will be flowering, it has been a warm week!

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  2. I know just what you mean about the difference between ribbons and clumps. I too am looking for streams of snowdrops and getting puddles but I might just order some more, right now, having just decided not to earlier today.
    They are lovely aren't they?

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  3. I am now convinced that I need to plant more of these in my garden. They are so charming, and I can see how masses would be spectacular.

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  4. I think it is so funny that you are collecting snowdrops as an early Mother's Day present. lol! I have found myself thinking of the special occasions as opportunties for more gardening *stuff* as well. Is it an addiction?? :-)

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  5. This link on photographing flowers is very helpful. Thanks!

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  6. I'm sure it will look lovely once you've managed to get your continuous ribbon. I really must get some snowdrops for the garden.

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  7. Dear Anna, As I am sure that you probably know, when dividing your snowdrops 'in the green' do not be frightened to space them and plant them singly. I do assure you that in the space of a year or two, rather than a decade or two as one might imagine, they will start to clump up. Before you know where you are a trickle becomes a torrent!

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  8. Oh those snowdrops! Like Deborah, envy abounds here, for they are not available like that at all. I love the ribbon idea, it will be so sweet. It looks like you already have enough to make a bow at the end. :-)
    Frances

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  9. How beautiful!! The ribbon will be lovely, but clumps are appealing too, they look like little (or not so little) bouquets to me. ~Rebecca

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  10. I can just imagine these growing along the edges of your garden. I really need to plant some of these in the fall. So pretty!

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  11. Hi Anna, I like your new template and it reminds me that I've been wanting to play with that new feature of Blogger, too. You almost need some GPS-like device to track all your snowdrops for you. Happy weekend!

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  12. Anna, don't feel badly...I purchase most anything at the garden center if it's on sale. I always find a place for it.

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  14. Hi Anna,

    Such a wonderful vision to have - a ribbon of snowdrops... Oh if only!

    I'm loving your large clump, I am sure you will get your ribbon eventuall, not to worry and then we can all sit here - green with envy!

    The company I bought my snowdrops from is very reasonably priced, I think it was around £5 for a bag of 100, but they were not in the green...
    Many of the 100 have come up, so I would say £5 well spent. I will get more in Autumn.

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  15. Snowdrops are the most amazing flowers. We took over our allotment last August, so I didn't really know where or how many there were, if at all. In one place on the edge of the garden I piled up some earth I had excavated, and right now there are snowdrops poking through it in abundance, despite having to make their way through about 20 cm of additional earth. Respect!

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  16. Envy - thy name is snowdrops. I haven't got any as I always fail to remember to buy them at the right time of the year. I must put this right. Beautiful bold clumps, Anna.

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  17. Anna, I love your idea of buying yourself late birthday presents and early mother's day presents. If I can stretch out each gift-giving occasion for a couple of months on either side, I ought to be able to justify buying plants for myself just about any time of year! How clever. -Jean

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.