Posted: 15/04/2017 at 07:06
Fritillaria imperialis commonly known as crown imperial.
They do have a slightly odd smell which some people aren't keen on. So it might be worth sniffing one at the garden centre before taking the plunge, or planting them where they are out of nose.
Also fascinating is that if you lift one of the flowers and look inside, right up the top are a number of 'dewdrops' of nectar. They seem just to hang there defying gravity and, if you shake them out, they reappear almost instantaneously.
Well worth growing but they aren't too keen on heavy wet soils.