Rambling through the woodland edge border on yesterday’s sunny afternoon I decided to grab a trowel and split some of the snowdrop clumps to fill in a few more of the gaps. These are not the ‘specials’ but the ordinary nivalis and floro pleno, still very beautiful though and perhaps even more so because of their sheer number. They don’t receive any special treatment from me and there is no ceremony involved in their division – I just stick a trowel into the edge of a clump until it is deep enough to bring up the bulbs as well as the leaves (not always successfully, I admit), dig a hole deep enough to replant them at the same depth and plonk them in. The woodland edge border was devised in 2002 and the first snowdrops would have gone in within a year or two, firstly a purchase of around 100 perhaps and then a few large clumps from a friend. The double floro pleno have been more recent acquisitions – perhaps 100 in ten separate clumps but now also being divided. Within ten years or so they must be getting close to achieving the ‘six inch rule’….
Yesterday’s sunny afternoon also brought the crocus out by the streamside but unfortunately the photograph didn’t capture the detail too well. One thing I noticed was that they are not all the same shade of purple, presumably the original C tommasinianus I planted not being ‘Barr’s Purple’ after all, unlike the extras that were added last year, but something darker.
Also just about visible are the Tête-à-Tête budding up nicely, much much earlier than last year but still a few weeks behind those at the front of the house that get the sun throughout the morning, here shown with the tommasinianus who were not quite as ecstatic with the weather today. It is noticeable that the Tête-à-Tête are true sun-worshippers, their eager little faces dutifully turning towards it, with neither hat nor high factor suncream anywhere in evidence.