Thursday, 12 March 2015

Lifting, Dividing And Planting Snowdrops

The snowdrops have provided a wonderful display this year but are now going over. The flowers are fading first so it is a good time to lift and divide large clumps and replant them, 'in the green', the best way to establish snowdrops. Large clumps were lifted from the Nelson Street path, an area by the sports field, and taken in trugs for planting in a bare area beneath the canopy of a beech tree on the Nuffield lawn.

Beneath The Beech Tree (Before)

The clumps were divided in to smaller pieces, approximately 10 bulbs in each, gently prizing them apart causing as little disturbance as possible.

Holes were then dug, the snowdrops planted in at the same depth as in their previous location, and gently firmed in. A few thousand snowdrops were planted beneath the tree, in addition to a similar amount that had been planted on Tuesday. Watered in, it is hoped that they will establish, creating a wonderful drift of white next year.

Beneath The Beech Tree (After)

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