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Fritillaria imperialis.

20 March 2017 18:44:41

No gardening today because this morning the weather was grey and drizzled, so stupidly I decided to de-frost the freezer. The whole morning was given over to this miserable job. The weather improved as the morning went on and the day turned out to be a beautiful spring day.

Had a friend visit this afternoon and as we walked around the garden I notice that my Fritillaria imperialis were flowering. I have a love/ hate relationship with these bulbs as some years they look great and other years they are hopeless. Some years I walk on them when I am clearing the flower bed in which they are growing. If we get strong winds they can also snap, so let's hope the windy weather that is forcast for tomorrow don't flatten them. I garden on acid soil and they like alkaline conditions, but I did put in lime when I planted them years ago and give them a top up every couple of years. Maybe, I should give up on them and dig them up after they finish flowering this year and take heed of Bett Chatto's advice of 'right plant, right place'. 


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roofy roofy 20 March 2017 18:55:08

Gidday Mary,I reckon a move would be good,would be a shame to loose them.


accsean accsean 20 March 2017 18:58:09

Evening Mary, I tried them without success a few years ago which may be explained by you informing us that they like alkaline conditions. They are very attractive.


PeterW PeterW 20 March 2017 19:46:54

I love them but failed some many times with these. As you say maybe it's just better to have a bulb in it's place that prefers those conditions you have.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 March 2017 20:28:21

Ah, Mary. Don't get rid of them. They're gorgeous. I got an order of Fritillaria lutea from Heritage Bulbs last autumn. But I thought I had bought the one above too. And so far, they're all yellow.

I took all mine into the house yesterday in case they'd snap. I noticed a few slug trails all over them. So far no damage though.


JoanG JoanG 20 March 2017 21:19:43

Thanks for that information Mary; at least I now know not to bother trying them, as my soil is acid too.  Happy to admire them in gardens where others have succeeded. 


Fleurette Fleurette 21 March 2017 00:01:26

I can join in with those remarks.  No use here either, although a scittery wee thin stem appears every year And then does a disappearing trick.  But I have to say, it did flower in its 1st yr and was quite a glorious sight ...... must be 12 -15 yrs ago.  


Jackie Jackie 21 March 2017 07:34:21

Yes I too bought some of these a couple of years ago and haven't seen anything. So disgusted. But they are beautiful when they do flower. 

Mary I hate that job of cleaning the freezer lol so I feel your pain!!! But it's great when it's done too. 


TerriShoos TerriShoos 21 March 2017 12:30:35

I love them and for once we have the right soil, yippee! Alan's not keen but I am gradually wearing him down.... ;)


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 March 2017 08:21:11

Jacinta, in that bunch of fritillaria are both yellow and orange flowers. I did buy a named one Fritillaria 'Rex' but never saw it again. It was to be a very large burned orange flower. 

Michele, they are very exotic and nice to grow if you have the conditions, so you will be purchasing in the autumn. As for the rest of us we should give them a miss.


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