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Snow Drops in The Lawn

Grassclippings - Snowdrops on a LawnOur Managing Editor was out visiting a client's lawn this week and spotted his first Snowdrops of the year.  How great they looked and their presence really lifted a London garden.

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) are perennial flowering plants native to large parts of Europe.  Found in many woodlands, churchyards, parks and gardens, snowdrops are some of the first bulbs of the year to bloom. 

This early flowering, which carpets the ground between January and April, is aided by hardened leaf tips that can push through frozen soil.  The downside to flowering in winter is that pollinating insects are scarce, so these little drops of snow spread mainly through bulb division.

It is natural for some lawns, especially north facing lawns, lawns under trees and in the shade to thin out over the cold winter months.  You will see in the image that was taken in The Hague in The Netherlands that the grass cover has thinned where the Snowdrops are growing.

The weather this Winter has been very mild with temperatures at 8 degrees on the last day of 2018 and a temperature range of -1.7 to 6.4 to date in January.  A cold snap is currently expected.

If the weather remains mild this weekend to get out into the garden, we are sure that there are still a few fallen leaves to be cleared up and some sweeping up too.

 

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