There are a handful of native snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, coming into flower in the garden although most are still just in bud; nevertheless, I decided to pluck a few for a tiny vase today. Having been systematically splitting clumps every year, I tend to divide one or two most times I ramble round the garden, but this year I have two new beds I want to establish them in, both resulting from the removal of tree stumps. The extensive stump of one could not be fully removed without damaging surrounding areas, so one of the water butts was re-located on top of the core, with soil banked over the remaining stump, forming an extension to the woodland edge border; the second is at the side of the woodland. A third, under the crown-lifted holly, was first established last year but still needs more snowdrops to join the other woodland plants.
Rather than cutting a few stems, all still fairly short anyway, digging up a little clump made more sense and, by replanting it in a week or so, would serve two functions at the same time – three, in fact, as they were potted into a teeny 6cm pot which turned up when I was tidying the greenhouse and I wasn’t sure where to put it! Joining the snowdrops and their pot with its embellishment of moss was a card with what I think are snowdrops and another stylised bloom, reproduced from a 1907 Wiener Werkstätte lithograph, a ‘fluted flower basket’.
I am confident the buds will open soon and perhaps even treat me to their subtle fragrance, and perhaps you too can find some fragrant material in your garden or nearby that you can forage for your own vase on Monday. If you would like to share it with us then please leave links to and from this post.