Rusty Pheasant has been put in place and is guarding the first of the Fritillaries to open. I hope I’m not speaking too soon, but I haven’t heard Mr. P calling from the fields next door for quite some time now.
The flowers in front are a cross between cowslips and primroses.
And this is what he’s guarding, Fritillaria meleagris.
I love the patten on the petals, Mr. P prefers the taste of them!
I can see that quite a few of the bulbs have 2 heads per stem. I think they must be happy.
Seeds that I sprinkled on the opposite side of the path are now of flowering size.
This is the pheasants favourite food, the buds of snakeshead fritillaries, this is when they are at their most vulnerable.
Soon there will be so many flowering as long as Mr P stays away!
This is just the start of what I look forward to, after the snowdrops have died down, so, “Go to it” rusty pheasant, stand guard over my fritillaries and keep them safe.
Do you have to stand guard over any of your plants?