A snowdrop census 

A week ago there was sleet and greyness and days when the temperature hovered around 2 degrees. The last few days have seen weather mild enough to encourage the winter weary gardener outside. We cut the grass for the first time, cut down almost everything in the prairie beds and gave them a thoroughly good weed, and had a bonfire to dispose of the old growth. 

As a bit of light relief, I counted the snowdrops. I think we are just about at peak snowdrop now- there may be a few more to open but slugs are picking off fading flowers , so it balances. From our starting point of just  a dozen in the Spring of 2013, I counted in excess of 1200. There are singles and doubles, some short, some tall, nearly all begged, bought or borrowed locally and all beautiful. I particularly like the little doubles with their green laced interiors but I’m no galanthophile. We saw some very impressive snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey last week but apart from the very green ‘Margery Fish’ there was nothing I saw that I really fell for. I’m content to just take them as they come. 

Anglesey Abbey was looking as splendid as it always does in winter and manages to absorb the crowds of both half term and the snowdrop bounty pretty well. 

We were lucky to be there on a bright morning, and the rays of sunlight picked out beautiful and subtle colours in the trunks of those marvellous birches. 

Each time I see this grove I want to plant one in my garden. There’s something about the simple purity of the forms and colour I find very appealing. They are undoubtedly my favourite trees.


6 thoughts on “A snowdrop census 

  1. The birches are spectacular aren’t they. I’d like a group of three somewhere, but as yet haven’t found a spot where they would thrive. Too much competition from the native trees. One day.

    1. They look so good together tho I expect a great deal of maintenance goes into keeping them looking this good. I planted a triple stem B. Jacquemontii last spring which may have to do me.

  2. The birches are gorgeous, I remember seeing them soon after they had been planted, at that time they had black Salix planted with them to fill the space but they look even better now.

    1. They look superb, especially with that dark mulch to set them off. I expect they have their trunks scrubbed and showered. It raises eyebrows when I do that to my less silvery specimens!

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