Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Lifting And Moving Snowdrops In The Green

Lifted Galanthus 'Dionysus'
Two of the early flowering varieties of snowdrop found in the college gardens have finished flowering, Galanthus 'Magnet' and Galanthus 'Dionysus'. These snowdrops have formed large, congested clumps and, whilst their foliage is still green ('in the green'), need lifting, splitting and moving to other areas of the gardens. One such area can be found at the end of the recently cleared path along the north side of the college. Having moved 'Magnet' yesterday to bare areas on the herbaceous border, the large clumps of 'Dionysus' were carefully lifted using a garden fork, a few replanted back in to the soil and the rest taken to the path for planting. 

One Of The Many Lifted Clumps To Be Split
The large clumps were gently teased apart by hand, splitting them in to much smaller clumps of 3-5 bulbs and placed out on the ground for planting.   

Split Clumps
The numerous small clumps of bulbs were planted in to holes at the same depth as they were in their original home. Once they had all been planted they were watered in. The lifting and moving snowdrops in the green will continue in the coming month as more of the later varieties finish flowering spreading them around the gardens for a bigger, better display next year.   


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