Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Snow Everywhere?

Anyone from Vancouver will be wondering what I am talking about, no snow here except on the mountains, and after the recent heavy rains the local mountains aren't full of snow either.

The snow I am referring to is Snowdrops, and they fill my garden this time of year.

Many years ago, I bought a few packages of snowdrop bulbs and planted them and then over the years I have planted a few more. Now every spring the garden is adrift with "snow"drops, in the flower borders, under trees, along pathways, and now they are in the lawn too.

They have multiplied rabbits ...............

They are such cheerful little flowers, and a sure indication that spring is just around the corner.

I took advantage of the warm sunny weather and spent some time in the garden, certainly lots of worms and and early bee too. 

It is really a shame too, we cannot possibly start mowing the lawn until after the snowdrops are done, LOL.

I also have a few crocuses; they unfortunately do not seem to have multiplied, but are welcome splashes of colour in the garden borders.

So, Spring, we know you are just around the corner, you are welcome to come along any time.

Did someone say Spring?

I have been busy in the studio recently too. I finished a painting in my European travel series and have started a new series of sea shore paintings. 

Here is the last, for now, in the travel scene paintings:

This is a scene from Annecy, France. The old centre of Annecy is located on a lake of the same name; a river and canals through the town of Annecy resulting in a quiet and picturesque place. it is a watercolour and is called "Afternoon sun on the canal":

Next week I will show some of the new sea shore series.

For more information on this painting and to see more of my work follow this link:

Thank you for dropping by, happy Whimsy Wednesday, until next week.................


  1. i feel spring here ! these flowers are so beautiful ! love all that serie of images and your painting !
    wish you a nice day

  2. The Snowdrops are beautiful and how delightful that they have spread so far through your garden. I grew up in a much colder climate with spring flowers as an integral part of the season - but unfortunately things like that don't grow well in the sub-tropics - and I miss them! Great photos.

  3. Snowdrops are my favourites, I have loads in my garden as well, pretty. Your picture is beautiful, I love it.

  4. The carpet of snowdrops is spectacular and the luminous soft purple crocuses are so lovely. Spring is just around the corner.
    Your painting is lovely as always.


  5. Wonderful display Gillian. They have almost finished here.

  6. The snowdrops and crocuses are a lovely part of spring. I enjoyed your shots and narrative and always like your artwork.

  7. They are so lovely! I haven't seen them around here but our crocuses are popping up!

  8. beautiful painting! love the feel of the sun and the bike on the bridge.

    love the snowdrops, too! how gorgeous!

  9. I have been enjoying the snowdrops and crocuses on my walks as well. They really are a great splash of colour at this time of the year. I also love the primroses, I have several in baskets around the outside of the house. They really thrive this time of the year. Have a great day and love your posts.

  10. Wonderful snowdrops:) The wonderful kind this time of year! The crocus shots are gorgeous. I wish they'd multiply for me as well but they are picky about where they want to grow:) Your birds look very happy and the weather looks to be improving:) I'm just not ready for the nasty heat and humidity:)

  11. My little garden is full of Snowdrops at the moment too... it's a lovely time of year but a teeny bit cold at the moment.

    Sorry I haven't commented for a while xxx

  12. Gillian how stunningly beautiful what a treat to see such a bounty of snow drops.

    In our old place I carefully cultivated the one tiny patch I found planted there, until it got nice and large. When we sold our condo, it was, and you know that gardening isn't fun in November, so I left them behind.

    I need to replant here...I am going to go and look for some that are in pots, because they transplant better in the green.


  13. your snowdrops are just breathtaking!! as is your art, you are such a talent!!

  14. Oh, your snowdrops are in full bloom beautifully!! Mine is not yet. They are very pretty, but I am always surprised with their energy and power in spring!

  15. Your spring blossoms are wonderful. I'm only seeing the very tips of daffodil and tulip leaves.. nothing more. But it'll come. Your painting is wonderful as always. Wonderful details, lines and colour.

  16. Spring is just around the corner. YEA.. Love all your pretty flower photo. But you painting steals the show. Its gorgeous..


  17. Spring with you and autumn with me (finally!)

    Nice pictures - and I like the jay as well.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

  18. It sure is looking beautiful there. No snowdrops of crocuses here yet...but I'm waiting!

  19. I have enjoyed seeing all your lovely snowdrops and crocuses this morning. It just keeps snowing here so I can only remember the spring flowers and beauty I grew up with in Victoria. Six months of winter is getting us down. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your lovely paintings Gillian.
    Thanks for sharing them with us.

  20. With a snow blizzard outside, I gasped for joy to see your lovely signs of spring.

  21. What luscious snowdrops, with their green hearts on the inside! A delightful display of springtime loveliness! Your art is amazing.