Summer snowflake (L. aestivum)

Of course, it is too early to say there will be no snow this winter but after all the rain since forever it seems, at least the plants in my garden which like moist conditions must be loving it. I am therefore hopeful that the Leucojum aestivum I have just planted out in the front garden will get off to a good start.

This garden is not ideal from the point of view of light, it being northeast facing, and soil, the loam being sandy. However, as a spring into summer bulb, the light levels at that time of year may be okay for it. I understand we won’t be seeing any snowflake flowers this first season, in any case, as it takes a couple of years for the plant to establish properly.

In the meantime, I wonder what is going on with the pulmonaria. When deciding where to plant out the leucojum, I started to dig up a patch of something unrecognisable

until I realised the blackened remains were in fact the pulmonaria I had moved from the back garden.

Fortunately, before it was forcibly removed from its prior location, it had scattered its babies round the forest garden. So, all is not lost. It is, nonetheless, a little shocking to see it in such a state but I think it has just reached old age, although its move may have precipitated events.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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16 Responses to Summer snowflake (L. aestivum)

  1. Carol Anne says:

    I hope your flowers bloom!

  2. Tabula Rasa says:

    Good luck with the snow drops. Mine never come up 😒 someone once said they are easier in the green and they like each other for company.

    • Helen says:

      These aren’t actually snowdrops, although they certainly look similar. I have heard, too, that snowdrops prefer being in the green… mine haven’t come up yet but I hope they will soon. It is probably because the front garden doesn’t get any sun till the end of January.

      Anyway, I hope one day you will see yours 😊

  3. gaiainaction says:

    It is exciting to be planting new bulbs and then wait patiently for them to flower, I hope they do well for you Helen. And I hope and wish you have an altogether brilliant gardening year 2020, best wishes.

  4. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Isn’t it odd how plants can suddenly fail for no obvious reason. Good news about your baby pulmonarias and I hope your snowflakes thrive.

  5. We do seem to be on the way to spring

  6. Clare Pooley says:

    Pulmonaria are supposed to be semi-evergreen but more often than not mine die back in the late autumn and I have to remember where they are in case I dig them up by mistake. I think the leaves don’t continue in my garden for as long as they ought because we are (usually!) quite dry here. If you have sandy soil perhaps that’s why yours died back. I never put enough mulch on my flowerbeds and that would probably help to retain the moisture the pulmonarias need.

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