Merry April 1st everyone! Spring is finally here!
My plant of this month is my favourite plant of all time, it just so happens to flower in April. It is the Snake’s head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) which part of the Liliaceae family.
This delicate flower has a stunning checkerboard pattern on its petals and droops downwards towards the soil. They grow best in full sun or partial shade and in a variety of soil types.
I first saw this plant around a year ago whilst working on Gardeners’ World and I have loved it ever since.
I have tried to grow it in my garden this year, but it was smothered by other plants and weeds, so hasn’t been overly successful. I only have one or two who have survived my mad weed-removing rampage.
But I popped along to B&Q today though for a new hose pipe and they had loads of Snake’s heads in flower… I had to take a couple of photos!
For more info on the beautiful Fritillaria meleagris, pop along to the RHS website for all the info you will need, and tips on how to grow them in your own garden.
Mucho love – Amy x
One of my Christmas presents last year was this little beauty!
Today, my ‘Garland Fab 4 Electric Propagator’ has had its first use. I have planted up two packets of Dahlia seeds. We have Dwarf Double Mixed and Pompon Mixed. Which were super cheap from Wilko, as you can see!
Once they have started to sprout in the Propagator, I will prick them out and keep them in a larger tray or pot until they are strong enough to brave the outside, probably around May. When I will keep them in their trays/pots in the garden for a couple of weeks before moving them to the allotment.
After working on Gardeners’ World last year, I was inspired to use some of the space at the allotment as a cut flower border. This way throughout the summer months, I can bring fresh flowers into the house which I have grown myself – rather than forking out for a bouquet in store.
Plus, what a thoughtful gift for friends and family, a bouquet of flowers from our own allotment!?
Keep an eye on my blog for updates on my newest gadget – and the little seeds I have planted in there!
You could get the same propagator as me from Garland Products – they also do larger versions if you have more seeds to plant than I do!