Digging snowdrops

On a mild, late February afternoon I couldn’t resist. Much clean up was done earlier in the day, and now an area of evergreen sedge (Carex ‘Evergold’) was cut to the ground to reveal snowdrops that have long been quite tangled and barely visible. Plans were made to dig the largest clumps at the ideal time, immediately after flowering, then to pull away any roots of the sedge before dividing and replanting the snowdrops. This is long overdue, and once accomplished snowdrops would cover more ground and be more visible than peeking out from the sedge clumps.

But, with the sun on my back and after a winter with too little activity, I couldn’t stop. And against whatever better judgment I might have, the snowdrops were dug just at the point that color was beginning to show. Happily, two days later all are doing well, so thankfully my enthusiasm to squeeze in this task was rewarded rather than it becoming a huge blunder.

I am uncertain if transplanting a division of the ‘Evergold’ sedge to this area along the front walk a few years ago was a mistake. It has spread to fill an area that was bare for too long, but certainly the mistake was not remembering the snowdrops were there, and then not moving the snowdrops before the sedge invaded.

No need to list blunders made over thirty three years in this garden, but there have been more than a few. Many have been fixed with a bit of digging, and the mixing of carex and snowdrops is far from a catastrophe. I am pleased that I finally got around to fixing the problem, and that even though the snowdrops were transplanted too early, all seems to have worked for the best.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Claire S. Peterson says:

    Surprised to see you cleaning up so early while hibernation of beneficialsare still incubating/developing and such? Also, seems you have an issue with invasive in your garden?

    1. Dave says:

      As often happens, choices must be decided on practicality, to get things done when there is time and motivation. When I see several inches of growth on irises the old leaves must be removed or this will be much more difficult in several weeks when many others tasks must be completed.

      There are several plants in this garden regarded as invasive, most planted decades earlier. I am always skeptical of information, knowing that warnings about invasives is copied from one area to another, often without a factual basis. I spend many hours in local forests and in the mountains, and I see problem invasives, but no evidence of others.

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