A magnificent display of – Snakeshead Fritillaries

It is one of the delights of nature (and I am no botanist) that in each season, some plants and trees do less well and some do very well. This year,  its the daffodils that are not at their peak, with many of the plants in the park coming up with no flowers. But to compensate, the Snakeshead Fritillaries, which were planted in the autumn of 2018 by a communal bulb planting event and whose display in 2019 was somewhat marred by their area being churned up by about 15 vehicles that chose to park there, are now putting on a magnificent display in 2020.

Its the sort of plant that you might not notice when walking by (unlike say a daffodil), but when you get close they are magnificent. Go out and do some exercise and when you do pop over to the bulb glade and have a look at them. They certainly cheered us up today!

4 Replies to “A magnificent display of – Snakeshead Fritillaries”

  1. Another set of superb photos! Thank you very much. Quick question: are the brassicae to be found between the cricket pavilion and the Nicky Hopkins bench?

  2. Yes. They are flowering now which means they are inedible. But the display is certainly interesting. The mustard brassicas are now edible, but we are keeping their location a secret! We rely on them for our dinners (I would say my other half, who loves them, has them with her evening meal pretty much every day) and in a sense, who needs supermarkets to deliver food when you can forage for it.

    Now, a pity that a few years back, the abundance of rabbits along the railway embankment were removed to prevent it from collapsing. Or we could have added rabbit meat to our greens (only joking!).

  3. They look pretty splendid, Henry. I don’t doubt the wet autumn/ winter period has been good for them
    May take my daily exercise walk there tomorrow & take a look. Hope the Lily Beetles leave them alone as they are partial to munching them.

  4. We also planted Star of Bethlehem in the same area. No sign of it yet, but it is still early. This species is supposed to be somewhat invasive! On the other side of the path, bluebells and wild garlic were planted but apart from a few lonely garlics, there is little sign of our activity. Win some and lose some.

    There is an absolutely magnificent display of wild garlic along the railway embankment on the other side that is gradually increasing in area each year. That should be flowering in a few weeks time and certainly worth a visit. You can even smell it in the air!

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