Come in out of the cold, Darlings!

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.

A selection of snowdrops brought from the garden to open in the warmth of the house.

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.

The “studio” set-up on the kitchen worktop with light from the window, soft light rather than direct sunshine. The black cloth is draped over a chopping board to give a background to the photographs – perhaps, I should have ironed the creases out of it first, but they didn’t appear in the photographs!

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.

15 thoughts on “Come in out of the cold, Darlings!

    1. Yes, I try to copy the professionals. It was all the rage a few years ago and so many books and articles were illustrated in this style but there has been a return to photographing the snowdrops in the more natural setting of the garden and I think it gives a better feel of the plant.


    1. Yes, I have often dressed in a complete set of waterproofs just to take photographs in the garden. These allow me to lie down and then simply strip off and be clean.


    1. Some are distinctly different and easy to tell apart so no bother with them. Others are less different – there is a great inclination among growers/sellers to introduce new “names” for new names will sell when there is a big market for snowdrops at present. Very good labelling is essential, I’m afraid, for the likes of these for, at times, nothing distinguishes them other than the spelling of their names – I exaggerate a little for fun but there is some truth in this.


  1. You show them off so well, I think the jars are are lovely as the snowdrops, it makes me want to paint them. In art class we studied Giorgio Morandi, who specialised in still life and vases/jars in particular, in earthy colours. Yours would make a great subject.

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