Day 102: snake's-head fritillary

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Is it not perfection? The twisting curve of the slender leaves, the bow of the dusky stem,  the subtle silk-screen print on the petals, apparently delicate as a moth’s wings (in reality, rather more robust), the architecture of the flower itself... I come over all unnecessary when the snake’s-head fritillaries (Fritillaria meleagris) are out – the white variety is charming, but you really need the contrast of the darker purple to appreciate the chequered markings to the fullest extent. Plant in grass – preferably in number – and, if you’re on clay count yourself lucky – this is one bulb that revels in heavy soils.

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