|Buds March 2015|
|Sorbus Autumn Spire|
At the beginning of the year, I envisaged snowdrop naturalising around the base. I've been busying myself lately by lifting and dividing a few of the more mature clumps of Galanthus nivalis. There has been plenty to go around. This small grouping should fill out over the next few years. It always amazes me just how little G. nivalis flinch when lifted from the ground in their prime. I think technically you are supposed to wait until the flowers are about to go over but I generally tend to seize the moment as and when and have never found it hinders them the following year.
I am trialing some Eranthis in this spot. I mentioned in my previous post that this area can be prone to the occasional water logging. Everything I try here is experimental for the first year or so. Over the years I've had failures and as my experience and knowledge grows I am having more positive results. The snowdrops will fair just fine, they cope with the same conditions further down the border. It will be a long wait until next year to see how the Eranthis do. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
|Galanthus nivalis, Eranthis cilicica and Primula denticulata Alba|
Over the years it has been difficult choosing plants that thrive in this spot. Conditions here vary, depending on rain fall. They cover both ends of the scale. Moisture can be excessive or the ground is very hard and dry. Since it's easier to introduce moisture than it is to take it away (without prohibitive costs that is) I opt for plants that cope with the water rather than those that don't. The excessive rainfall of 2012 saw this area under water for almost the whole summer. The Philadelphus, Persicaria (growing nearby) and Primula are all the remain post 2012.
I am hopeful there will be more to report next month and just in case you missed the link at the top of the post, please join me and other garden bloggers who on the 7th (or thereabouts) of each month link their post to Loose and Leafy's Tree Following meme. See you there!