The theme for this week’s #Feature Fridays with Historic Houses is Snowdrops.
Around 90,000 snowdrop bulbs have been planted in the Gardens over the past few years including a mix of single and double snowdrops, interspersed with some unusual varieties in the Winter Garden.
Snowdrops come in all shapes and sizes, some common, some extremely rare. These delicate plants exert a powerful pull in the horticultural world.
Head Gardener Neil Miller recently bought some more unusual varieties of snowdrop for the 125 acre grounds.
He purchased a few different varieties including Galanthus ‘Diggory’, a beautiful snowdrop whose pure white bowl-shaped flowers hide green-flushed inner segments. ‘Diggory’ enjoys growing on banks and slopes and is good for underplanting roses or shrubs.
Neil bought another unusual variety of snowdrop – Galanthus elwesii, more commonly referred to as ‘Grumpy’ because of its green markings which mimic a grumpy face.
Other recent additions to the gardens include the yellow tipped ‘Wendy’s Gold’, a giant Galanthus called ‘Colossus’ which at 9 inches is one of the tallest snowdrops you can find and Galanthus ‘Green Brush’ with its unusual green tipped flowers.
If you would like to try planting some different varieties of snowdrop at home there is still time to invest.
Neil says that snowdrops prefer cool, moist conditions and can suffer surprisingly dry summers if they’re in shady spots. If you are planting, make sure you dig a deep, yet narrow hole of 10-15cm, firm the plant in and water the soil. Don’t forget to label your snowdrops!
If you live locally, you can wrap up warm and enjoy the snowdrops as your stroll through the extensive gardens and grounds to get your daily exercise from the 10th February 2021.
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