One area of the little woodland at the back of the house is always rather damp, I found out the hard way, by planting lots of things and watching while they died because there was too much moisture in the soil. A few bulbs of snakes head fritillaries, Fritillaria meleagris, were planted and they obviously loved the conditions.
They soon started to seed about and year on year they are now increasing wonderfully.
The first ones that I planted as bulbs were all this dark purple colour.
But the seedlings come up in such a variety of colours, from pure white through to purple.
We have some little Californian Iris in the same area, they are the same shades of purple, lilac and white that the fritillaries are and I think go so well together.
Got down on my knees one day to take a few photos, thought I would get close and personal, getting down was ok, but getting up was another matter, where are husbands when you need them!!
Can’t believe how many we now have, all from a few seeds scattered in early summer.
The markings are absolutely fantastic aren’t they?! Easy to see how they got their name.
I just think they are such beautiful flowers and fantastic that they like our damp soil, if anyone has a problem damp area, then these are the plants for you, they will love it!
The sunlight coming through the petals look as though they are Tiffany lampshades with the lights switched on! The white ones don’t have quite the same effect, you can’t see the chequered pattern on the petals.
When the seedheads are formed I will still sprinkle some seed here in the same area but will also take some round to the bog garden and start a colony off there. We are so lucky to have so many different areas which suit so many different varieties of plants, hadn’t a clue when we bought the house, it has all been a steep learning curve, and we are still learning that this plot has such a lot to offer!