In response to some of you lovely people saying that they would like to see more photos of the fritillaries in the woodland, here are a few that have been taken at different times over the last week. The first ones show that I must have let my guard down a few times as there are big chunks taken out of the flowers, I’m sure we know who is to blame!
I think that’s enough of damaged flowers. All the damaged ones are right by the path, the rest haven’t been touched, thank goodness. The pheasant must have been in the woodland while I was out one afternoon, I can’t stand guard all the time!
With sprinkling the seed around, we are getting all shades of purples, some very pale like this one, some all white.
The cowslips like the same sort of conditions, nice damp soil. I never thought the heavy clay soil would turn out to be such a bonus, this proves that there are plants for every type of soil, it’s just a question of finding them!
I think I’ll plant some cowslips around this side too as I prefer it when there is a contrast to the purple of the fritillaries.
The sun shining through the petals makes the chequered pattern show up more than normal.
I’ll also save seed from the cowslips this year to increase the numbers in the garden as Mr P has been nipping these flowers off too!
I can extend the area that these plants are in, at the moment it is relatively small, just about 8ft x 10ft, but I could almost double that. Then I can start some new ones off on the other side of the path where a few have already put themselves, although it will be at least a couple of years before they start flowering. I do like it when I can just give nature a helping hand, sprinkle a lot more seed then sit back and wait and see what happens!