WIN­TER

Yes, you can have flow­ers in win­ter. Choose­bold-coloured plants to brighten up those grey days.

NZ Gardener - 365 Days of Flowers - - Contents -

Win­ter flow­ers, plus your win­ter gar­den checklist.

SNOWDROPS

Not to be con­fused with snowflakes (Leu­co­jum), snowdrops (Galan­thus) flower from early win­ter to late spring. Leu­co­jum, on the other hand, flower with the daf­fodils in late Septem­ber. There are other ways to tell these two apart. Snowdrops have three long petals and three short ones; a snowflake's petals are all the same length. Snowdrops also re­quire a cold cli­mate, so they don't do as well in the north; snowdrops, how­ever, are su­perb cut flow­ers. Pick them when in bud and they'll last about 10 days in a vase.

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