Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Snakeshead fritillary seeds
These handsome seedheads are from the snakeshead fritillaries - 18" tall in a maroony buff colour, I may yet use some of them in arrangements.
The others I will leave to ripen and sow the seeds - last year I left them to self sow and this year there were masses of babies but I think the ground will get overcrowded if I do that again so I shall sow them somewhere else. I am not sure how many years they take to get to flowering size.
There are a lot of seeds in each seedhead - they are flat discs and are stacked on top of each other in each of the lobes - and I shall have far too many for my own use. If anyone would like to have some let me know - I think that they ripen in July.
I am going to scarify a piece of damp grass to expose the soil and then sow some there in the hope of getting a meadow effect. I shall have to chose an area where the grass isn't too lush so that the babies stand a chance.