Wednesday, April 15

Snake's head fritillary



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  1. Mine are at the same stage as the ones in your first two photos. I wish they would bulk up a bit, I have the same amount year on year.

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    1. That clump has been there for quite a few years, Jo.

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  2. That is a really nice clump. I've never seen one put on a show quite like that.

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    1. It's probably the best it's been this year, Daphne.

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  3. I love these beauties. I posted on them too this morning. Great minds....!

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    1. Great minds indeed, Sarah. I've just read your post.

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  4. Hi, Sue!
    I've never seen before fritillary of this color and shape. Wonderful, I should have one in my garden.

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    1. We should have a white one too, Nadezda but it doesn't seem to have flowered this year it's exactly the same shape.

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  5. Just gorgeous! After seeing your & Marks post on these, they are definitely a "want" once I start adding to the ornamental beds.

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    1. They are lovely little flowers, Margaret. They actually can be found growing in the wild sprinkled in meadows.

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  6. I only have a couple in a pot but I never tire of looking at them.

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    1. We originally bought just one plant, Elaine. Surprisingly when it flowered we found that we had both snakes head and white ones in the same pot.

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  7. I think these snake's head fritillaries are the most beautiful of all fritillaries. Funny you call them snake's head fritillaries, we call them 'kievitseitje' is lapwing egg fritillaries.

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    1. I'm guessing the term lapwing egg fritillary refers to the similarity of the pattern, Janneke. . The snakes head name comes from the fact that the burs look rather like a snakes head.

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  8. Utterly gorgeous, they really do look like snakes heads don't they? I much prefer the purple ones to the white....I took a pic today of the inside of them, it must be like entering fairyland to an insect!xxxx

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    1. I like both colours, Dina but I think you are right in that the snake head one is more interesting than the white one.

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  9. A close-up gives you a completely diffierent view doesn't!
    Ours are not out yet but the last two days temperatures were around 20 C, so this should be coming before long.

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    1. I think taking close up photographs, Alain makes you look in far more detail at things. Photographs tend to draw out things that you don't notice with the naked eye.

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  10. I wish mine would grow as well:( they disappear after a couple of years. Incidentally, I wanted to say how much I appreciate your other sites: I have been reading up on the allotment, gardening techniques, the bird life, all sorts. They are really helpful and well as being fun, so thanks very much:)

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    1. Thank you sweffling I am really glad that you found the other sites interesting.

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  11. Lovely flower blooming photos! ;)

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  12. So beautiful Sue....I wonder how many times you went out to check to see if you could take another photo yet?!

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    1. No more than usual, Tanya. I tend to go out into the garden with my camera most days when the weather is okay.

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous Sue. Ours are also in flower. Like Jo I wish they would bulk up a bit quicker :-)

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    1. They do like to take their time, Jayne.

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  14. Beautiful fritillaries sue. Have you been to see the meadows of them in Oxford? (I haven't but imagine it must be incredible to see).

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    1. They plant them ion a similar way at Harlow Carr, Lou and they are lobvely,

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