Courtyard Garden : First Herald of Spring #courtyardgarden #gardening #snowdrops

Jan Edwards

Here we are on 3rd January and the daylight hours are drawing out. A quick look around the garden in the January sunshine showed dozens of spring bulbs pushing up through the soil, with the promise of all manner of spring colour.

Today, however, I noted the very first hint of the first spring bloom – in this garden at least, I am sure there are places where snowdrops are already in full swing! My solitary snowdrop – Galanthus nivalis – is just beginning to break bud, however and it is one that I am proud of because last year (our first spring here) there were none here at all.

I planted a handful of bulbs way back in June with few expectations because the perceived wisdom for growing these notoriously unpredictable flowers is to plant them ‘in the green’ – that is to plant pot-grown plants (or if you…

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