Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Leucojum

I think that these are not as commonly know. Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant' is the one in both pictures, the second picture just a close-up of a flower. These are often called Summer Snowdrops because of the similarity to regular Snowdrops and the fact that then tend to bloom once it starts to get hot - late May or early June here. I've also seen them called Summer Snowflakes. The seem to grow in sun or shade, but do better in some sun. Our shady ones come out later and don't seem to make nice clumps even though they have been growing in the same place for at least 25 years. These are native to central Europe.
There are many flowers on an arching stem, unlike regular Snowdrops which tend to just have one. These are also quite a bit taller, probably about 18 inches. My bulb book says that this will grow along stream banks, but I don't think I'll try that since our streams are all very shady along the edges and tend to flood with heavy rains. We do have some growing at the edge of the bog where wetness is more in the winter and spring, less in summer and fall, and they seem to like that.
This is another plant that doesn't seem to have any enemies. Nothing has ever eaten the leaves or flowers and the blubs must not be tasty since out clumps have been right next to vole runs with no damage after all these years.
Turtle update - no sightings yesterday, but it is early for reptiles. I expect with a few nice sunny days to raise the water temperature we will have move luck. We did have another deer sighting. That makes 3 days in a row we saw the same deer in about the same place. Not sure with all the nice rain if we'll see him this morning. I'd really rather not see him here at all since he tends to do so much damage.
Jane

2 comments:

keewee said...

Now I am convinced I have to have some of these for my garden. If voles are not interested in them, then rabbits will probably turn up their noses too.

Hoot Owl Hollow Nursery said...

Keewee - I've never had them nibbled by rabbits. I don't know if the foliage is poisonous or just not very tasty, but nothing seems to bother them.
Jane