21 JANUARY 1928, Page 18


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.1 • Srn,—I always read with interest in your page, "Country Life," contributed by Sir W. Beach Thomas, and my expe- rience in this neighbourhood confirms. his statement in your issue of January 7th that the "Spring' Snowflake is com- paratively rare in humbler gardens, &c." When I came into residence here in 1907 I deemed myself fortunate in finding Leueojurn Vermin'. and Caipathicum; well established lathe woodlands and also' in an ordinary: border in the orchard-. The letter I decided to take up and'replant-under trees, With the result they have increased enormously. Fran able to gather a few Snowdrops and Snowflakes on December 31st in niOst years. This- year, owing 'to severe weather, they are later, and although the white of the Snowflake ready taburst from its sheath has been visible for some days it iionly to-day I am able to gather a small bunch. Thanks to the foresight of my predecessor have now "established' in a 'wild state" over half an acre of a profusion Of these hardy springflowers, a joy-and delight to everyone who sees them from now On to early Marchand 'at their best in about a month's tine. The Snow- drop, though at all times lovely;‘ pales into insignificance by the side Of its More sturdy and robust neighbour.

The side 'object of this letter is 'to entourage -garden lovers who have small woodlands with a stiff Moist soil to fill them with- Leircojum Vernuin and Leucojum Carpathicurn with preference 'to the L. Vermun. They will be amply repaid for the initial expenses of purchase, and no further outlay will be necessary in the-years to'cOme.I-ain; Sir, &c.i Conplon 1/all, en. 'I) ton' , Staffs. ' - -