Beloved: snowdrops

One of my favourite sights at this time of year – a carpet of snowdrops. These were in the grounds of the National Trust property Wallington Hall. ”Beloved” is the theme for the photo challenge this week, and you can find out which objects, views, and people are held dear by other bloggers over on … More Beloved: snowdrops


It’s been a cold start to the new year here in Northumberland, but there are signs that whilst spring may not be just around the corner, it is certainly on the horizon. We’re starting to see the green points of snowdrops pushing up through the soil, and through last year’s leaf litter. It’s our first … More Growth


One of the things that has surprised and delighted me about early spring in Northumberland is the number of snowdrops, which seem to grow wild in huge numbers on every verge, and on any stretch of waste ground. In France, we found them in a couple of places locally, but I’ve never seen snowdrops growing … More Snowdrops

news from the workshop: silver snowdrops with freshwater pearls

It occurred to me when I was posting Ted Hughes’ poem Snowdrops that I hadn’t thought about making any snowdrop earrings this year. An omission that needed to be rectified quickly, before the flowers themselves have been and gone! I’ve made a pair of snowdrop earrings for each of the past three years, varying the … More news from the workshop: silver snowdrops with freshwater pearls

silver snowdrops

I love snowdrop flowers, because they’re an early sign that winter is on the wane, and spring will make a welcome return. Unsurprisingly, they are now strongly associated with hope and consolation, and are often used for winter weddings. The Victorians, apparently, were less keen on them, considering them to be bad luck if brought … More silver snowdrops

snowdrops and snow

We had an unexpected fall of snow earlier this week, with more forecast for the weekend. It gave me the opportunity to photograph these silver snowdrop earrings with a backdrop of snow. They are hanging from one of the little beech saplings, which (we hope) will eventually grow into a hedge. I always look out … More snowdrops and snow