A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 1 – Snowdrops

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“Galanthus Close Up” – Spring 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

Today is the winter solstice… Today marks the beginning of Winter… To celebrate the occasion… I am dropping the first post of what I hope becomes an annual series… Each post will be devoted to keeping the cold winter days warm through daily doses of the garden… Now… I don’t know about you… But I get pretty depressed during the cold winter months… One of the few things that gets me through this time of year is dreaming of the flowers of spring… This year I have decided to share those dreams with the rest of you…

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014… This year winter is 89 days… So technically… I only have 88 more posts to go…

I am not planning a standard format with these posts other than featuring one plant each day… These posts will be in addition to whatever else I post… And could include anything from permaculture information to original poetry… The intentions of this series is to share the warmth… And share some knowledge…

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“Naturalized Galanthus” – Spring 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

Galanthus… Meaning “Milk Flower” – AKA Snowdrop… Fllower in winter before the vernal equinox… All Species are perennial, herbaceous plants that grow from bulbs… Each bulb produces two or three leaves and an erect, leafless scape, which supports a single flower. The seeds produced by this plant have a small fleshy tail containing substances attractive to ants which distribute the seeds…

Snowdrops naturalize easily… The bulbs will self propagate in the garden… This can be easily facilitated using a propagation technique known as twin-scaling, which is really nothing more than slicing bulbs up into smaller pieces… New bulbs will form in profusion on the exposed parts… This is basically a last ditch effort to survive… I accidentally found this method after slicing through a clump of Snowdrops in my own garden… I left a bunch of the split bulbs on the surface and much to my surprise they started growing hundreds of new bulbs… A quick Google search later and I had found twin-scaling…

Annually I look forward to the neighborhood Snowdrops… I speculate some of the patches are at least fifty years old given the age of many of the houses… The patch shown in the photo above is behind a hundred year old Victorian home on my street…

I look forward to this patch of snowdrops more than any other flowers around… The energy that is associated with it spans generations… And as I spread them around the neighborhood… My energy grows as well…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

New To writing and never had to site sources before… These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring… My source is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information… But much of this is just related from the web…

This website and all of the information presented within is provided free by the author… Me… It is my sole opinion and is not representative of anyone other than myself… Although this website is free… I sell prints of my photography here – www.society6.com/chriscondello – or you can contact me directly with questions at – c.condello@hotmail.com – Although it isn’t a requirement… It helps…

I also accept Bitcoin donations… My digital wallet address is – 1JsKwa3vYgy4LZjNk4YmPEHFJNjPt2wDJj

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7 thoughts on “A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 1 – Snowdrops

  1. ambertale says:

    Reblogged this on ambertale and commented:
    Great idea how to wait for Spring Solstice.

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  2. narf77 says:

    We just hit our Summer solistice here in Australia. Gotta say I prefer winter to summer. I love the rain that we get in winter and so desperately need in summer. Funny how it didn’t really matter to me much before, how much rain we had but now I am watching the horizon for dark clouds and rubbing my hands together with glee when those first raindrops tap on the tin roof. Cheers for the info about twin scaling. Just wondering, does this work for all bulbs/most bulbs? As a rampant spader I managed to slice chunks of just about every dormant/latent bulb on the property when we first moved here. I am hoping that maybe I did good by complete accident (stranger things have happened 😉 ). Looking forward to discovering a wealth of plant material in the next 88 posts

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  3. Reblogged this on Emerald Studio Photography and commented:
    What a great idea! Check out some beautiful flowers from now until Spring Equinox. Have fun with this Chris Condello, and Happy Winter Solstice!

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  4. SimplySage says:

    Love your idea! I look forward to reading!

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  5. laflor5233 says:

    I have many snowdrops but did not know anything about them, so thank you for the info.

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  6. I love snowflakes. They’re the one flower I’ve missed living in hot climates. When I lived in the UK from 2002-4 I was so delighted to see snowflakes again. Love your photo….sigh!

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