We arrived late afternoon on Friday, having detoured via Lacock Abbey where we had a pleasant walk through the grounds, with drifts of Galanthus nivalis and Eranthus hyemalis. The first event of the Study Day was a reception at the Arts Centre on the Friday evening where we had a glass of wine and some excellent canapés, while looking at various artistic interpretations of snowdrops. These included textile art, jewellery, photographs and paintings.
He definitely is intrepid in his pursuit of species snowdrops, visiting dodgy political areas and arousing suspicion when found crawling around wielding a camera with a long lens!
- Snowdrops and other monocots hate getting their roots frozen so one of the worst things to do is grow them in pots placed on concrete. It is a sure way to kill them.
- The yellow cultivars are best grown where they get sun.
- Orange snowdrops are coming! Breeders are trying to increase the colour intensity.
- The new snowdrop on the block is Galanthus ‘Lime Trym’ but you will have to wait for it because there is only one in the world at the moment!
- Oil beetles, which I had never heard of, eat snowdrop leaves.
- Slug pellets do not work for all slugs and if too many are used will actually be counterproductive. Joe Sharman aka ‘Mr Snowdrop’ suggested trying coffee grounds instead.
- The one bit of information that everyone seems to want to know is when is the best time to split Galanthus. Joe Sharman suggests either when just coming into growth at the beginning of January, when they should have little check, or at the end of March/beginning of April when the leaves are dying back.