Monday, 5 April 2010

Macro Monday - Fritillary

Snake’s Head Fritillary

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I forgot to post photos of my Fritillaries in flower for the end of view last Wednesday…

My previous experience has been poor, I planted an entire pack of their bulbs/corms a few years ago and not a single one has ever come up, so two years ago I was tempted by some in the green, I eventually planted them in the border and didn’t expect to see them return.




Last year I was thrilled to see them come back! So a month or so ago I bought some more in the green and have planted them in the same border and hope they too will return next year…


I’m tempted to buy some bulbs in Autumn and try my luck… Perhaps that’s pushing it too far?


The pot I bought this year actually has a white one in it… A nice surprise, I’ve never seen the white ones in real life before :)




35 comments:

AustenOnly said...

I love them because they look exactly like a flower in a medieval manuscript. Ive not had much luck with them, however. But your pictures have inspired me to start again....must remember to order them in the green next year ;-)

Cyndy said...

Lovely fritillaries and lovely pix! Glad yours came back :)

Su Harris said...

Lovely pictures - I planted some last year that were in the green, and they are up and in bud, but not in flower yet. I'll just have to look at yours while I wait!

Colleen said...

The pattern of these is amazing! Great shots!

Cheryl said...

Hi Liz....one of my very favourite blooms.....just so beautiful.
There is something just so magical about this pretty flower.

I grow them, rabbits eat them. Aaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!!

Liz said...

Hi Julie,

I know exactly what you mean! For some strange reason they just seem to be pre-historic, no doubt it's the reptillian pattern to the flowers.

Good to hear I'm not the only one not having much luck with them, I am tempted to try again with the bulbs in Autumn.

My original 2 have become 4 this year, the pot I bought from B&Q has around 10 in it, I wish I bought a few more pots now...

Liz said...

Hi Cyndy,

Thank you so much! I do love them, I can remember the first time my mum and I came across them, we were in awe :)

Liz said...

Hi Su,

Thanks :)

Oooh, I'm glad yours have come back! They're such wonderful flowers.

Liz said...

Hi Colleen,

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed them :)

Liz said...

Hi Cheryl,

Oh no! I cannot believe the Rabbits eat them!!! Noooooooo...

Perhaps have them in a protected pot/trough?

HappyMouffetard said...

Beautiful photos of a plant I love :)

Rosie leavesnbloom said...

I love these little bulbs. I used to have loads of them but they died out after a few years as the ground was just too heavy so I decided to plant some in a new spot for flowering this year and they are in bloom just now - white ones were amongst the purple ones too - so that was a nice surprise also.

Kate said...

Gorgeous! I especially loved that close up of the water drop. I never have very good luck with these bulbs. Always fun to see them gracing someone's garden!

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Liz, what do the leaves look like? I'm just curious, because we have something emerging here that I suspect could turn out to be a fritillary, but they don't yet have blooms. Almost all of the photos I find are of the flowers (and understandably so), and not of the leaves.

Liz said...

Hi HM,

Thanks, all I think of whenever I see it is Charles Rennie Macintosh... Strange :)

Liz said...

Hi Rosie,

Oh, so they don't like heavy clay? I was under the impression that they did like it, damp at least? Interesting!

The ones I planted were all in pots years ago - before I bought a house with a garden and was gardening in pots - and none came up in the lovely compost...

Liz said...

Hi Kate,

They certainly seem to be picky in where they will grow! It's always the most beautiful plants which need special care, isn't it?

Liz said...

Hi Su,

The leaves are like those which you see in the photos... Thin, looks like couch grass when coming up.

Here's a photo:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v181/Dipodil/stuff/2010/April/03April27.jpg

I'm afraid it isn't great, it's the best I have to show the leaves at the moment. The larger, flatter leaves around it are Alliums... I can try to get better shots another time, but to be honest there's very little to look at before the flowers open.

VW said...

Those are my favorite fritillary - I'm not a huge fan of the big orange and yellow ones. But I love the maroon and white checkers. Your photos show them off nicely!

debsgarden said...

Who wouldn't fall in love with those checked petals? I have admired these plants from afar and have been tempted to try them here. I think they would meet the same fate as tulips and crocuses. Sigh. But yours are lovely, and I hope they continue to prosper!

Kala said...

I have never seen this flower before. What lovely patterns it has. Thank you for sharing.

Jay said...

They are lovely, though a little too exotic for my garden, I do love to see them in others!

Joseph said...

wow, they have such interesting patterns! nice photos.

Kimberly said...

Crazy, amazing patterns, Liz!

Liz said...

Hi VW,

Same here, these are the only Fritillaries I even consider having in the garden… They’re so vastly different I almost don’t even consider them as being the same family!

Liz said...

Hi Debs,

Not to worry, it would seem they’re quite picky over where they grow anyway, and from most responses lots of people have difficulty growing them!
It’s a shame you can’t have Tulips or Crocuses though… I cannot imagine my garden without Crocuses…

Liz said...

Hi Kala,

I’m glad you liked the photos, they’re such amazing flowers, I don’t think there are many other similar flowers available!

Liz said...

Hi Jay,

They’re actually native to the UK, so I wouldn’t quite class them as exotic ;)

Liz said...

Hi Joseph,

Thank you very much :)

They’ve been a must-have for a while now, and I’m thrilled they seem to be thriving in our clay - so there is a good point to clay after all?!!!

Liz said...

Hi Kimberly,

Indeed, their patterns are very interesting… I wonder why they evolved to have such intricate detail?

fairegarden said...

Hi Liz, these are fabulous shots! We have had the same kind of luck with these fritts, the first time only 2 out of 25 coming up, and very stingy with the bloom. We tried again with a different vendor, planting in the fall, and they are up and blooming their brains out, both purple and white. Keep trying, they are worth it! :-)
Frances

Nutty Gnome said...

Oh you lucky thing! I just can't get fritillaries to grow in my garden ... maybe I've not found the perfect spot for them yet?!

I did, however, FINALLY get some goldfinches onto my feeder - I moved it to a new position about 10 feet east of where it was before, but I've now seen a pair of goldies on there a few times!!!

Liz said...

Hi Frances,

Mmmm, I may try getting bulbs from a different place then, see if that works?

Glad to hear yours are doing so well though! :)

Liz said...

Hi Liz!

Seems to be quite a reoccuring theme going on with the Frits eh?

Glad to hear you got some Goldies, get yourself some Sunflower hearts, they love them. Mine eat only the Sunnies. Don't bother with Nyjer seeds, Sunnies are where it's at.

As you've probably seen I get a lot in the winter, but most times of the year there's usually 4 on there - I assume two pairs, they're on the seeds almost all day every day. And then they bring their lovely families with them as they only nest across the street and I get to watch the parents going to and fro from the comfort of my sofa :)

Alice Joyce said...

Hi Liz,

Oh how I do lust after fritillaries! Delectable images;-)
Worthy of lengthy viewings. Thank you,
Alice
(now at ... Alice's Garden Travel Buzz)