Friday, 3 March 2017

Spreading The Spectacle Of Galanthus 'Magnet'

Snowdrop 'Magnet' 8th February 2017 Beside The Urn, A Sparse Display

The project of lifting, splitting and replanting the Galanthus 'Magnet' to fill the herbaceous border has now moved in to its 5th year. Every year since 2012 the largest clumps of these snowdrops have been carefully lifted out of the ground using a border fork and, after replanting a much smaller bunch back in to the space in the border from where it came, the rest of the clump is placed in to a trug. The snowdrops have finished flowering so it is the perfect time to move them, still in leaf and 'in the green'.

Top End Of The Border, A Sparse Display
Galanthus 'Magnet'

Three areas of the border are being focused on this year, the rather sparsely filled area at the top end of the border, a similarly sparse area around the urn at the lower end of the border and the other section of the border that is yet to be filled with Galanthus 'Magnet'.

Full Trugs

Area Around The Urn Filled
Top End Of The Border Filled

With the trugs now full the large clumps of snowdrops they are taken to the areas where they are needed, split in to much smaller bunches of 5-10 bulbs, placed out on to the bare soil and, using a trowel, planted in to the border. 

Starting To Fill The Empty Border

With heavy overnight rain due in the next 24-48 hours the newly planted bunches will be well watered in, now it is a case of waiting until this time next year to see the ever improving display of snowdrops in the herbaceous borders. 

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