Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A wee word of warning

When working in the garden this autumn, take care around spots where already established clumps of bulbs are.  It's so easy to get carried away and forget they are there!

Tips sliced of some snowdrops
Had a bit of a close shave with some emerging snowdrops this afternoon.  Luckily I noticed them before I was able to perform a complete slice and dice!

Is it me or are they very early to emerge?  I don't think I've noticed them above soil level quite so early before.  Has anyone else noticed theirs yet?

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  1. I've had this problem in the past. It does seem early - are they mini irises

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    1. They are snowdrops Sue - G. nivalis. I often damage dormant bulbs when I'm not paying attention. Although each time I do, I set myself a task of marking where they are each spring then completely forget!

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  2. Hi Angie,

    Never seen Snowdrops even close to this time of year. What type did you buy? It might be an earlier-flowering species as soon do bloom November/December. Generally I see mine emerging late December/early Jan.

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    1. Neither have I Liz - not that I have that many years of experience to go by though.
      These are just run of the mill snowdrops I rescued them from an elderly ladies garden a few years back (she was having concrete paths laid and they were all getting ripped out). They have flowered bang on time the two previous springs. I'll give them a mulch to be on the safe side I think.
      I was given some G. reginae olgae by a gardening friend earlier in the year but they are planted elsewhere and marked. Come to think of it - I must take a look for those tomorrow!

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  3. Snowdrops in my old garden here used to emerge in late November/early December but this is Southern California!

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    1. It's an odd one Kris - no others have appeared and no signs of anything digging around to expose them.

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  4. Its always important to be careful when disturbing the soil Angie (perhaps its why I claim to be a no dig gardener). Bulbs can be damaged at any time whether dormant or not.
    Don't worry I remember a nurseryman who used to rotavate a portion of his snowdrops in early Summer to propagate more! It took an extra season before he could lift them for sale.

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  5. Ciao Angie! Credo che a tutti noi che piace lavorare in giardino capita di dimenticarsi dei bulbi e andare a scavare proprio dove sono piantati :) Anche qui sono molto avanti e spesso spuntano già a novembre ma poi si bloccano e rimangono fermi fino a febbraio.

    Un saluto e buon lavoro in giardino :)

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  6. They seem to be early indeed but perhaps you will eventually have more as Roger suggests above.

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  7. Such a sickening feeling: bringing up a shovelful of dirt with half a bulb. We've all done it, I suspect.

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  8. Sage advice Angie. I've not noticed any snowdrops coming through yet either my specials which are mainly in pots or those that are in the garden. Having said that the latter are slightly tucked away and no doubt under a leaf carpet after today's wind. I will inspect tomorrow though. Is that clump in a particularly sheltered spot?

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  9. I have the same problem, I often damage dormant bulbs when planting something else in the garden. These snowdrops appear to be very early, honestly speaking I wonder if these shoots are from snowdrops, I thought they look a bit different, but this is a close up picture, so may be.

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  10. Oh no ! It's so easy to do, Angie. Hand up, I've done it loads of times, and got so cross with myself! It does seem really early for snowdrops to emerge, I haven't spotted any down here yet.

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  11. They are so early snowdrops, Angie, aren't they?
    I often try to plant more bulbs in the spots where I've already planted others. It's a problem, you're right. Now I put the labels.

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