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Galanthus nivalis is our native snow drop and spreads by both seed and bulb division beneath ground. Nurseries will lift and divide bulbs while they are actively gowing usually after flowering. This is called' in the green.' If you have snow drops in your garden this is the best time to lift and seperate the bulbs to spread them to other parts of the garden.

To establish snow drops in your own garden buy native bulbs and plant them in loamy soil in semi shaded borders. They will thrive under trees providing the soil is light and loamy. Once established they will spread easily into other less suitable soils.

Snow drops Galanthus nivalis and Aconites Eranthis hyemelis .

 

In the North East of England we are blessed with many things to be proud of not least an abundance of huge regal homes that once belonged to wealthy industrialists, inventors and well healed upper classes, who seemed to proliferate in the region years ago. One of these places is Howick Hall. Home to Earl Grey of the famous tea. His home boasts one of the finest arboretums in the UK if not Europe. And it is here in the expansive grounds that spring pulses with all its verdant vibrancy when the snow drops and aconites cover the woodland floor in carpets of white and yellow.

Winter Aconites Eranthis hyemelis is a charming bright yellow flower which comes out in early February flowers for a few weeks then as the flowrs fade the leaves will grow. By April there is almost no sign of them being there. they die back down into the soil and remain dormant until the following spring. They require similar conditions to snow drops and can also be bought 'in the green' from native plant suppliers.

Get your own snowdrops here.

Get some Aconites here.

Wilderness Tamed John Grundy