I was thrilled to see this delicate flower raising its head from the long grass along the base of our front beech hedge this week.
As spring gave way to summer last year, on a trip to our local diy centre, I couldn’t resist the slashed-price pot containing a few wizened snake’s head fritillaries for just a few dozen pence. I split the clump into two or three pieces and poked the small handful of dying-back bulbs in along the fence line to follow the row of early daffodils and subsequent wild tulips that are establishing along here.
As I peeked down to admire the first Tulipa sylvestris flowers to emerge along here this spring, I was excited to discover the chequerboard flower-head of the fritillary alongside one of the tulips – and a few more buds further along still to open. It’s a small start, but in the years to come this scant collection should hopefully spread along here in the long grass at the foot of the hedge – and possibly onto the grass verge, though then the question of spring mowing will have to be raised with he-who-usually-pushes-the-mower.
The first of our hybrid tulips has also unfurled a flower in the Easter weekend sunshine, a delightful splash of red.
With a progression of narcissi in flower along the narrow borders, the wallflowers and forget-me-nots also emerging, and Anemone Mount Everest continuing to pump out pristine white flowers, the front garden is beginning to burst with blooms once more, while fresh foliage on the hebes, lavenders and box balls is just as alluring.