The first of the Perthshire snowdrops are now in bloom with the carpets of white from the native Galanthus nivalisScottish wild flowers.Early one morning as the sun was burning off the thick mist I went down to the river bank to capture the first rays warming up these wildflowers. There are many places on the Perthshire Snowdrop Festival Route to see spectacular drifts. However many grow wild and free along the banks of the River Almond.
sun shining through the mist and warming up the Perthshire snowdrops – Galanthus nivalis
down by the river
Much later I went back along the riverbank to capture the flowers being illuminated by the sunset in among the sand and shingle. It’s an area that does be under water frequently.
Perthshire Snowdrops Along the River
other photos from morning and evening
Here’s where Colour gets expensive…
I doubt I’ll ever find something similar to Galanthus woronowii ‘Elizabeth Harrison’ lurking along the river bank. But I’ll never give up looking! If you’ve never heard of the ‘Elizabeth Harrison’ snowdrop bulb before it was a newly discovered seedling in a Scottish garden a few years ago. It has very distinctive yellow ovaries and apical markings. Furthermore it was given the title of the worlds highest price paid for a bulb. In fact Thompson and Morgan bought it for £725.10 last week on ebay. Cheap at the price when you think of the worldwide publicity they’ve gained through their purchase!
But you know what I still prefer our little common snowdrop arrayed in her lovely green ultra violet stripes. It’s the perfect colour for bees as it leads them to a stash of nectar and pollen.
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Rosie is based in Perth, Perthshire as a garden photographer, writer and nature lover. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the Scottish outdoors as her natural light studio. Her work can be seen at the only photographic gallery in Scotland - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh.