Snowdrops may well live up to their French name, “Perce-neige”, snow-piercer , but the same weather can make it uncomfortable for the gardener to enjoy them in the garden. A number of snowdrop cultivars have already opened in the garden with many others above ground, even in bud but waiting for warmer days to open fully.
When the weather is miserable, and the progress of the snowdrops being held in suspense, I like to pick a few and bring them into the house where they will open quickly in the warmer conditions indoors. This also gives a good opportunity to photograph them – it is so much more comfortable for the photographer also. There is none of that lying on wet, cold and muddy ground to get down low enough to capture a good view of the flower.
Inside, the flowers can be raised to a level more comfortable for photography and it is an enjoyable activity. Generally, I far prefer the photographs of snowdrops taken in the garden as I feel they are more natural but this is a good alternative. I use a black background as it shows off the flowers but also because it is far better than having the paraphernalia of the kitchen cluttering up the background.
Hopefully, the weather will improve shortly and we will be able to return to the garden.