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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Snow­drop (Galan­thus) IT'S the pint-sized daz­zler of late win­ter, marked by white car­pet dis­plays across the coun­try and at var­i­ous Na­tional Trust prop­er­ties, parks and gar­dens.

If you have your own wood­land area and you want a nat­u­ralised ef­fect, you'll have to plant a huge num­ber of bulbs. Per­haps the best ap­proach is to build your snow­drop colony grad­u­ally, plant­ing more clumps each year.

Plant them in early au­tumn in groups of 10 or more, spac­ing them 4cm apart and 6-7cm deep. They should reach their po­ten­tial af­ter a cou­ple of years.

They pre­fer semi shade and ideally a moist soil rich in or­ganic mat­ter.

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