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April 25, 2014


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I can't wait for my snowdrops and scilla to naturalize. I want rivers and ponds of them.They are spreading and, as you say, they are not smothering other plants. This year both scilla and snowdrops bloomed quite late due to snow cover and they made some bees very happy. I think some suffer from plant hysteria. Moderation and common sense are two of the basic keys to a happy life. I have found common sense to be 'not so common' anymore.


I agree with both you and Layanee. I would love them en mass and have no problem with them being non-naive. One of the first plants of the season for native bees, I am sure the bees don't care native or non-native. I too was a PA gardener - where I am native!!! Maybe NY should send me packing.


I found myself wondering if it was invasive plant removal or someone just adding to their private snowdrop collection!


Ah, silliness among plant lovers is just so, well, silly. My spring is spent pulling out seedlings of redbud trees - hundreds of them.

The snowdrops on the other hand increase their clump size slowly but only if they like the place they are planted. They are never my gardening problem!

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Yes, I agree with everyone. As you'll have gathered from my post it seems to me that treating snowdrops like illegal immigrants to be quickly removed is just crazy. And Donna is right, they're good for early bees when almost no other flowers of any kind are open. Bees were certainly foraging in what remains of the Pennsylvania patch that I took a look at. Of course, some non-natives - kudzu, Japanese knotweed etc - are highly destructive. But snowdrops?

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