Howick Gardens ~ February 2020

Sophie and I have visited Howick Gardens a couple of times prior to this post, in October 2015 and July 2017, but there’s something different happening there all year round, and this time we went to see the snowdrops.

If you want the history of the gardens it’s in the first link there, if not, on with the pretty pictures!

Although it was quite cold, we had a clear blue sky, and the snowdrops were out in force. I had my FujiXT2 + my 16mm fujinon & my helios lens, with me and my Canon EOS 100 FN with a roll of portra 400 in it.

fuji + 16mm

It was lovely to see the snowdrops carpeting everywhere, and to hear the birds singing, and nice to be out in the fresh air.

canon
Canon ~ close up.
Fuji + helios

As we walked around the estate, we got a fab view of the Hall.

Fuji + 16mm

There is a church in the grounds

fuji + 16mm

and a chap on his hands and knees amongst the grave stones, macro-ing the snowdrops.

Canon

Such a sad grave stone in the cemetery

Ellen aged 11 mths 1901, Euphemia 4 mths 1908, David aged 8 1914.
Fuji + helios
Fuji + helios.

Just a short one today, nice to remember being out and about and not have to stop breathing when coming across other out and abouters!

50 Comments

  1. I’ve never seen snowdrops spread all over the place like that. They’re amazing.

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    1. Yes, amazing to see so many everywhere we went!

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  2. Gorgeous…I could feel the air and even before I got to your last line I was for the first time nostalgic for ‘the time before’…

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    1. I try not to think about the times before, just want the times to come, it does my head in.

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      1. Hard to imagine either the past or the future these days. But these sorts of posts are good though…like little anchor points along the way.

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        1. Thanks Missis. 🙂

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  3. Stunning indeed, I dont think I have ever seen so many, I just remember a little patch in our garden as a kid. I must see if they grow in Poland as I have never seen any here.

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    1. I can’t think why they wouldn’t grow there, I’ve got bulbs for them which I keep forgetting to plant 🙄

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      1. You are not alone in forgetting to plant things 🙂

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  4. We get a lot of snowdrops around here, but nothing on that level. They look great.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. Beautiful…

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  6. So very beautiful! We are now in our second of a 7 day warm forecast!

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    1. That’s nice, we are warmish but with much windy-ness!

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  7. The snowdrops are glorious. Bet they lifted spirits…….you visit some beautiful places…..Northumberland tourist board should have you promoting (along the the director of Vera) 👍😀

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    1. Haha, would if they paid me! 🙂

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  8. Very nice, Fraggle. I like the light of the frontal shot of the hall.

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  9. The carpet of flowers is stunning. The gravestone is so sad.

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    1. Yes hard times back then too!

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      1. Definitely, and much worse. We have a similar headstone in Groton. All the children died of “throat distemper”.

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        1. Aw, it is sad when children are struck down.

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          1. Yes, it is!

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  10. The warm light really complimented the delicate purity of the snow drops, and the quiet setting. So beautiful!

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  11. Those were a lot of snowdrops! Wonderfully photographed! may I ask a technical question please? That Helios, what focal lenth is it? And what adapter do you use to put in on your Fuji?

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    1. I wrote a little post on it here that might be helpful.
      https://fragglesotherplace.com/2019/08/09/day-221/

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      1. Thank you very much!

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  12. I enjoyed your photos. And you really caught the light on you shots of the church.

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  13. You got some great shots here! The flower close ups are so beautiful. I really think these are some of my faves (and I have seen a lot of yours, FYI).

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    1. I thought so too! 😊

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  14. Sooooo beautiful.

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  15. Beautiful images of what looks like an amazing garden. Gotta love snowdrops, no?

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    1. Yes indeed, thanks Otto.

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  16. Wonderful photos of the garden, if you hadn’t labeled them it would be hard to me to differentiate the Canon from the Fuji, thank you for sharing this beautiful place, fragglerocking : )

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    1. Thanks for popping in!

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  17. The snowdrops are lovely, I don’t think I have seen one of those around here! From far, they are like a carpet covering the ground!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, most of the stately homes do this, it encourages people back after winter.

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      1. It’s a great idea!

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  18. nice article…

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  19. I love that second image from the top.

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