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04/04/2013 at 00:18
Hi all, This is my first entry, so here goes. How rare are double headed Fritillaries (Snakes heads). I ask this question as last autumn I planted about a dozen in a pot, and this week I noticed that one of the plants has two flower heads on it.
04/04/2013 at 00:22

Cool - 

04/04/2013 at 07:10  not unknown but not common - I've seen them at the Fritillary Meadow near where I grew up - think there were always a few each year.

Are you going to plant them out and naturalise them?  I always think they look magical in grassland - they do need it moist tho, and you don't have to mow until after they've seeded, and absolutely no fertiliser or herbicides - then, if you've got the conditions right they'll spread and spread and spread 


Sorry, can't make the image bigger - can you post a photo of yours?

04/04/2013 at 13:47

They do sometimes have the double head,beware of the lily beetle who also loves them.The best ones I have seen have been in Dunscoombe by the donkey santuary.


04/04/2013 at 14:11

I think minemay have drowned. Nothing to see at all, not a leaf.

04/04/2013 at 21:43

Don't despair Nutcutlet, outdoor ones taking their time I am not venturing out in this weather, so why should they?

04/04/2013 at 21:45

Too true WW. Never been this late though and they been there for years. Never been under water so long either. Still saturated but no surface water now.

08/04/2013 at 20:25

I have just bought one in a garden centre, and am not sure if they need full sun / partial shade / shade when planting, any advice would be useful

08/04/2013 at 20:42

They're wild in water meadows Buttercup so nothing dry. They're happy in the sun like that but cope a bit better with some shade if it's too dry for them

08/04/2013 at 20:57

The Lily Beetle  Oh NOOOOOOO

I was wondering why the tips of all my leaves as they are coming up looks like they have been snipped by a cigar clipper  I finally decided to plant a few lilies in a pot 

Im the only one in the street that looks after their garden and am now in fear that every wee critter will be living and feasting in mine 

As my 2 year old neice would say...Oowww nnooowwwwwwwwwww 

08/04/2013 at 21:11

IME double headed flowers do turn up sometimes. Mine are just out in one border & well up in a 2cnd. Mine have also self-seeded into a 3rd border.

So far no sign of LB attack, but the bright red beetles pretty easy to spot on them. Need to be careful to get them into a jamjar, then tipped onto slabs & stamped on!

If anyone gets the chance the Oxford water meadows are full of them- a site once seen never forgotten. J.

08/04/2013 at 21:21

I'd love to go to those water meadows jo. We're really too dry here, except last year.

08/04/2013 at 21:22

This forum is fab, i just signed up today and love the idea of being able to pick the brains of experienced gardeners !! Thank you nutcutlet

08/04/2013 at 21:26

Hi Buttercup, hadn't realised you were new, welcome. 

08/04/2013 at 21:26
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I'd love to go to those water meadows jo. We're really too dry here, except last year.

It's really worth it if you can.

Daughter's garden is damp as over clay, so she's planning her own frittilary meadow of her own.   I'll try starting off some of my seeds for her, assuming the LB doesnt get the lot, & if no joy she can plant bulbs this Autumn. J.

08/04/2013 at 21:29

That lily beetle only turned up here a couple of years ago. It's demolished the martagon lilies.

08/04/2013 at 21:32

Welcome Buttercup 

08/04/2013 at 22:12

Hi thank you for warm welcome, Sam can i ask you about Aloe flower stem, i too am unsure whether to cut it off, once flowering is over ?

08/04/2013 at 22:55

You are very welcome. I cut mine off after it has died back a little. Shouldnt do any harm at all 

Mind you, my aloe doesnt look like and aloe anymore as I keep using it for my skin 

20/04/2013 at 20:58
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