Plant of the Week

Fritillaria meleagris:

 Our native Snake’s head fritillaries are up at the moment.  It is one of our most beautiful and striking wild flowers notable for its graceful form and intricate patterning: delicate purple and pink mosaic lamps hang down from slender red tinted stems. IMG_1307Snakes head fritillaries are found from Southern England to the Northern Balkans and Western Russia.  In English gardens they can be successfully naturalised in grass and there is a pure white form which punctuates this kind of planting well.IMG_1305

This year, we’ve noticed damage to some of the flower heads caused by the Lily Beetle (Fritillaries are a member of the Lily family).IMG_1314

Words by Robert, photographs by Hannah

 

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