Looking at all the snakeshead fritillaries which are opening each day in the woodland, I couldn’t hold back any more, the temptation to photograph them was too strong!
To start with there was just a couple,
…then a few more.
Each day more and more are opening.
Lots more purple ones coming from the seeds that I have sprinkled over the years.
This clump of Leucojum aestivum beside the fritillaries is amazing, twice as tall as the rest of them in the woodland, they are at least 4 ft tall and have so many flowers along each stem. This part of the woodland is in a dip so the soil always stays damp, the plants here certainly love the conditions.
A couple of white ones have popped up among the purple…
There is a clump of flowers that can’t decide what colour they are – part white and part purple.
But this is the first year that I have had one with two flowers on one stem,
Do you think if I save seeds from this one, its offspring will come up double headed?
I’ve just found another so maybe they’re not so different after all!
A couple have jumped over the path in the woodland, I seem to recall that seed was blown everywhere one year, there was so much wind when I was sprinkling it. I’ll try sowing more here and maybe we can start off a drift this side too.
So far I have managed to keep my fritillaries “pheasant free”, I can’t see that he has managed to bite or chew any of the flowers, I think he has changed to primroses instead! I will finish with a view from the end of the woodland, I do love my woodland garden at this time of year. I wish you all a very Happy Easter and hope that you and your garden have a wonderful time together!