Friday, January 1, 2016

Snowdrop Flowers are Blooming in Garden

Today  the weather had warmed to 38 degrees and I thought I would take a walk in the garden. I went into the garden to watch for nature and to check to see if any of the spring bulbs were blooming. To my surprise I saw that the snowdrop flowers were blooming. A patch of 8 to 12 flowers were in full bloom.

This flower is a perennial in the Amaryllis family. There are 75 different species and varieties of the snowdrop. All of the flowers are white in color. The species that grows in my garden and most gardens is the Galanthus Nivalis (snowdrop) Galanthus in Latin means milk-white-flowers.  These milk white colored flowers have bloomed in my garden for the last 15 years and when I saw that they were in bloom a month early I was delighted but surprised.

People call this flower a snowdrop, because it usually does not 
wait for the snow to melt. It usually is the first flower 
to bloom in a winter garden. 

This winter has been very warm, 20 degrees warmer than last year. Although we have had cool to cold weather this past week with snow flurries on Christmas day, but prior to that the weather has been spring like. Overall I think that the spring bulbs are confused because they normally bloom the end of January - first week in February.

Planting tips:

  1. Plant in fall six weeks prior to a hard frost and the snowdrops will bloom the following spring. Grow snowdrops in well drained clay, sandy soil in an area that has morning sun exposure with part to full shade in the afternoon. 
  2. I think snowdrop flowers look nice when grown under evergreens or other trees and shrubs.  These flowers look especially nice when grown in a rock garden with other spring bulbs, such as crocus and daffodils.
  3. Remember to space the bulbs when planting because they multiply quickly. Snowdrops are deer resistant

If you are interested in growing this long lived spring blooming flower in your garden then I would recommend that you shop for the bulbs at the following stores;

Learn more about Netherland bulbs by reading my product review.

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