The snowdrop (also called Flower of Hope), is the most popular Spring flower in our gardens, so each year we add a few more. Last week 1000 little green plants arrived and were quickly planted. The best way to establish Snowdrops is to plant them ‘in the green’, deeply and in moist soil, after they have flowered, with the foliage intact. It helps the plant survive well and flourish if any flowers are removed before planting – but we can’t always bear to do that! There are dozens of cultivated varieties, and we have a few different ones to give us small and larger flowers.
The Snowdrop has been cultivated in British gardens since the 16th century, so it is fitting to have it in our historic landscape.