Snowdrop patrol

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

The snow is off the snowdrops in the Secret Garden. For all I know it was gone yesterday, but I was out all day running errands. These are up just as high as the ones that the snow melted off earlier this week. None of them, however, look like they’re going to bloom today, and the weather is supposed to turn colder with snow predicted starting tomorrow. Meanwhile, Eric King and Alan Hersker near my sister Ro (in Sackets Harbor) had their first snowdrops blooming on March 4, and I saw a nice substantial patch blooming in Vestal en route to Grandma’s house yesterday. That’s how they look best–in big colonies–but you don’t have to buy tons to get them that way. After they’re done blooming, but before the leaves turn yellow, dig them up, divide them, and replant. In a few years you’ll have your patch.

Still no sign of ‘Sam Arnott,’ though. I think he may have expired. That little clump has been getting smaller and smaller instead of bigger and bigger every year. Could be the drainage isn’t right, could be I’ve disturbed the bulbs too much over the years, or . . . who knows? Well, if they’re really gone, and not just late, it will give me a chance to plant the real ‘S. Arnott.’

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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