I can’t believe it’s a real flower!

snakeshead frit

As promised here is the answer to yesterday’s  puzzle, Snakeshead Fritillary, alias The Guinea-Hen Flower , Leper Lily or Fritillaria meleagris. No one dropped by my blog, let alone guessed the answer.

Can you believe that I have reached the age of 49.75 and never seen one of these in real life? It’s true and when I won the war between me and the pg (see previous posting) I was determined that “one of the things to do before I die” would be to see one. I went one better and planted a couple of bulbs. They were tiny and only 2 or three in a packet at my local garden centre, so obviously they are quite precious. I had forgotten all about them till yesterday when as I stepped out of my car I glanced a couple of feet to my right and lo and behold ……….. my very own snakeshead fritillary.

I can’t remember how old I was when I saw a painting of these by Charles Rennie Mackintosh but I believed he was just doing that arty shading thing that painters do. He wasn’t, they really are just like that and if you have never seen one then I advise you put it on your OOTTTDBID list.

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4 Responses to “I can’t believe it’s a real flower!”

  1. callmemadam Says:

    Aren’t they wonderful? I grew them for a while but it gets too dry here in summer and they all died eventually. THE place for them is Christ Church Meadows, Oxford.

    I regret planting those geraniums, too.

  2. dovegreyreader Says:

    Geraniums are about all that will grow here and we adore them, spread I tell them and they do!I’m aiming for the National Collection.
    But that little fritillary looks perfect, glad you didn’t step on it.

  3. craftypeople Says:

    Yes, they are pretty aren’t they and I thought I would like to start a collection until that big pink one started bullying me and grabbing me by the throat every time I tried to get into my own home. Triffids are genteel in comparison.

  4. Simon Says:

    I bought one of those just the other day! Planted it and… overnight the stalk had been broken off. Mum suspects rabbits; I think the evidence is circumstantial. But Magdalen has lots… (more than Christ Church, I would allege!)

    Anyway, has been a while since I said hi – hope you are doing oh-so-very-well, and enjoying spring.


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