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Spring Blooms

by Malachy - Horticulturist CountryLife Dungarvan | Jan 30, 2017
one of the truly iconic spring flowers

With the recent cold snap it was easy to believe we were back in the middle of winter thanks to the frosty mornings and bitter wind. But on a quick walk around the garden this week ,when I noticed the first snow drops coming into flower, I was reminded that we are actually moving full swing in to spring now. For me snowdrops mark the arrival of spring in the garden because they are really the spark that starts off the eruption of other spring flowers to come over the next few months. 

Snowdrops, with their delicate drooping white flowers, are one of the truly iconic spring flowers for Irish gardeners. Any garden that you visit around the country will have some snowdrops dotted somewhere in the garden. Every year in CountryLife I have customer coming in asking for either snowdrop bulbs to plant during autumn or at this time of year pots of snowdrops that they can plant into window boxes or containers for some spring interest. 

Snowdrops are hardy herbaceous bulbs that are native to most of Europe, which means they naturalise really well in Irish gardens. For the best effect I always recommend that gardeners plant them randomly in flowerbeds, preferably in large sways or uneven groups. I find the beauty of snowdrops is that you want to imagine they have always been there and that they have just sprung up (not that you have strategically placed around the garden).

If you have snowdrops in your garden already is a good idea to split them every couple of years just like herbaceous plants. By dividing them you will find you will get better flowers and it also help you to cheaply increase your snowdrop populations in your garden. I find that the best time to divide or transplant snowdrops (or any spring flowering bulb to be honest) is just after it has finished flowering. You want to do it however when the leaves are still green so that the bulbs can establish before they go dormant again for the year.

Of course it is not just snowdrops that customers are picking up in the garden centre at the moment there has been a surge on all our potted spring bulbs. At the moment we have daffodils, anemone, bluebells and tulips (to name just a few) in stock and people are quickly snapping them up so they can have impressive displays of flowers for the months ahead. 

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!

We were shortlisted for Best Lifestyle Blog in the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016 Company Category.