Galanthus nivalis

Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

The Snowdrop is amongst the earliest plants to flower in spring. Produced from bulbs, the flowers are a delicate virgin white, as the colour of snow, and the heads droop downwards, hence its vernacular name. Each flower has three spreading sepals, and three much shorter notched petals with a pale green marking. The leaves are basal, and strap-shaped.

Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

It flowers February to March, often pushing its way through snow-covered ground. Found in damp woodland, scrub, shaded meadows, hedge banks, parks and churchyards. Most likely an introduced species, and widely cultivated for parks and gardens. Naturalised throughout the British Isles, but rare in Scotland.

Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

February 2012, local wood, Staffordshire. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38. Β© Pete Hillman 2012.

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  1. I had them growing where we used to live and they would bloom in Feb. When it got too cold, like at night, they would bury their little heads in the mulch.

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  2. I always find snowdrops quite hard to photograph, in fact white objects are often difficult. It’s obviously to do with light, and it probably helps if you have a technical type mind which I don’t! These are lovely shots Pete.

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    1. Thank you, Jude πŸ™‚ I was lucky in this instance as the woods offered a little shade which helped to reduce blown highlights. Photographing anything white can be quite a challenge for anyone, Jude. I don’t always get it right, and many end up in the bin πŸ™‚

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      1. So do I, usually 36 exposures, then you had to wait to use the flim up and then get them exposed. We have certainly come a long way with digital technology. Thank goodness!

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  3. Lovely flowers. I used to look forward to seeing the patch in the Royal Botanic Gardens near my old home. Such a delightful sight. Personally, I always found them a bit hard to photograph as I couldn’t bend down low enough to get a pleasing background.

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      1. Unfortunately I can’t do that any more due to the nerve damage from the last back surgery. I can get down low, but have trouble getting up again (and that is at home with a chair of couch to pull myself up too). I miss those low down shots.

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