Snakeshead fritillary or Fritillaria meleagris are once again the stars of the woodland for a few weeks Drifts of snowdrops have given way to drifts of narcissus and now these are handing over the baton to the fritillaries.
Someone once asked me how many I have – I have no idea and wouldn’t like to count them!
I will be sprinkling their seed further this year as I’m finding that they are coming up in drier soil than I imagined they would like.
The white ones show up very well, but there are far fewer of them.
There seem to be all shades, from white through to darkest purple.
Wood anemones seem to like the same growing conditions as they are spreading nicely too.
Rusty pheasant has been on guard duty ever since the buds started forming, but I have to be honest, I haven’t heard or seen the pheasant this year at all, maybe he has been frightened away permanently!
Seedlings are coming up across the 2 paths , I think there was quite a wind one year when I was sprinkling seed!
The flowers in the drier part of the woodland aren’t as tall as the ones in the permanently damp soil, but I don’t mind, they are lovely whatever their height.
Not having any problems with the real pheasants, I now must be on my guard for the dreaded red lily beetle which likes fritillaries too!
So far the fritillaries have survived unscathed and I am enjoying wandering round and round them, I can do that now I have a circular path! Each day I am finding more that have jumped the path and are starting their own little colonies a short distance from the main one, how far will they spread I wonder?