Thanks for an interesting article. I don't have any snowdrops in my garden in fact I can't recall seeing any in gardens around here. They look like a plant I knew as "Märzenbecher" in Germany - the name would translate to "cup of March". I would like to plant some this autumn. Now, I have planted my spring bulbs in areas next to the lawn. That way I just have some messy looking lawn areas for a few weeks before it gets cut along with the rest. Can I try a similar thing with the snowflakes or do they need their leaves for longer? Also, we frequently have a thick snow cover until mid-March, here in Ontario. I guess they just wait until they can stick their heads out, like the tulips??
I realize it has been a while since you wrote, but maybe I can answer your question.
There is another plant (bulb) that is called "snowdrops" but that is Galanthus nivalis and is short and blooms very early. Leucojums are nearly three times their size!
I have the Leucojum growing in my yard now for about 10 years. I bought them as a marked-down leftover from Easter flowers at a grocery store, having never seen anything like them. I must tell you that planting them in the lawn would probably not be a good idea. Their foliage and indeed the entire plant is as large in scale as a large Daffodil, and the leaves are thick and last a fairly long time before dying down. To me it seems larger than the pictures. Yes, they do need their foliage, as all bulbs do.
My Leucojum are planted beneath pin oak trees, about 8 feet from the street in heavy clay soil. In summer it bakes in the sun, but by then the leaves have shriveled up. Heavy snow does not deter them at all, in fact they seem to love the steady moisture in the spring when it melts. Deer leave them alone and yes, they do have a pleasant fragrance!
Thanks for your reply SooSirius! I just found it right now.
I do love 'Snowdrops' and would like to grow some again. Will keep an eye out for some bulbs this spring. Good to hear that they keep going for so may years. I have many tulips in my garden that have been going for the last 9 years at least. I never bother fertilizing them but do make sure that they have a chance to die back in their own time.
I can't wait for spring but it will be while still...