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TO see Galanthus nivalis, otherwise known as the Common Snowdrop, in flower is to believe that spring isn't far away - there are few sights as gladdening to a gardener's heart.

Snowdrop enthusiasts, known as galanthophiles, get very excited about different varieties, with subtle differences in green markings and petal shapes, but I'm quite content with the common snowdrop, preferably in large drifts under grand old trees. "Magnet", however, is worth recommending as it establishes clumps quickly.

They are best planted in the green so be on the lookout to buy them soon rather than waiting for dry bulbs in the autumn. Feed after flowering in March or April and divide in early summer when the foliage is turning yellow.


Spring sign: The snowdrop

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Feb 5, 2015
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