The relief at seeing snowdrops beginning to pop up around the farm is unreal – a new year of fresh flowers, new varieties, new locations and lots of hard work. The shoots of crocus and Siberian squill are starting to pop up too in the garden, pushing up the long grass of the garden. Once the flowers are out here in Angus at full Spring time bloom that’s when I know to fill my diary with travel plans for collecting botanicals elsewhere in Scotland.
I’ve been working on so many styles using last years gatherings in an attempt to get them all used up (forget me nots, mosses, dandelion seeds etc) in preparation for this years batches. My favourite items right now are these rings – a sterling silver magpie and forget me not fully adjustable ring (https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/667175716/scottish-magpie-and-forget-me-not?ref=shop_home_active_1_). With their final layer curing tonight, I have some Fife fern pendants and Angus wild rose petal bezels (for necklaces, bracelets and long drop earrings) and I am so looking forward to photographing them tomorrow. Getting set up, getting everything perfect and then spending a few hours in the afternoon once I am done all my other jobs photographing in the peace and quiet of my country home is bliss.
Snowdrops are the most difficult flower to preserve and typically same goes with all delicate white flowers that bruise to the touch. I like to think of them as reincarnated little souls of creatures that didn’t make it through the Winter. I have numerous experiments to conduct with their preservation process this time involving salt, acrylics and sand – I will start this process on Monday morning with my new start, Wendy.
Hope you are all having a lovely, peaceful and well rested February!
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