I keep hearing the pheasant on the field next to us, I start getting worried when I hear him in the garden, I am really worried when I hear him in the woodland. So far I have chased him 3 times out of the woodland, what a noise he makes then. Why all this bother some of you may be thinking? Last year just as all my snakeshead fritillaries or Fritillaria meleagris, were coming into flower, he decided they would make a very tasty breakfast and started eating them, or just taking a bite out of a few of them. However, this year, so far, the fritillaries seem to have escaped damage and are now opening and looking as they should, thank goodness!
So, there we are, this year lots and lots of lovely flowers on the Fritillaria meleagris, each year we are getting more and more flowers (when the pheasant leaves them alone) as I sprinkle the seed further along this area each year. Apparently it takes four or five years for the seedlings to get large enough to flower, so I am now seeing the results from quite a few years ago. Thanks to the pheasant staying away from my flowers, I am now able to enjoy my morning wander without finding devastation in the woodland!