A month ago, on March 11th, I noticed the first of the fritillaries to open in the woodland, just one solitary flower.
It was soon joined by a few more.
It wasn’t long before I noticed a double headed one.
I found that quite a few have jumped across the path, this is the only one of flowering size, but I think by next year there should be others joining it.
Once they start flowering, there’s no stopping them!
We seem to be getting more white ones in amongst the purple, which I think is rather nice.
By April 1st they were well into their stride.
They are spreading further down the border, proving that they don’t have to have permanently wet soil.
This means I can sprinkle the seed this year into the other borders where there are spaces.
Rusty pheasant is on guard duty, but shhh…I haven’t heard or seen Mr. P for ages!
I prefer the paler narcissus with the fritillaries, the bright yellow ones will have to go!
Am I tempting fate if I say that not one has been nibbled so far!
By sowing the seed each year, we are getting a lovely variety of shades. We started off, many years ago, with just one packet of purple bulbs, it’s amazing what the seeds produce.
I think the fritillaries are at their peak now, so soon there will be a gradual decline as the seeds are formed. The only minus to the show of flowers is that the foliage just looks like rough grass once flowering is over, the flower stalks elongate so that the seeds are above the foliage, ready for dispersal. A small price to pay for so many pretty flowers I think!