But there are fritillaries
for almost all conditions.
Heddon Valley, Devon ( Fritillaries
shine in this wooded valley.
A National Collection of 120 different fritillaries
, open by appointment, is held by Kevin Pratt at Hazel Grove, Stockport, Cheshire (0161-456-9009).
Expert tip: Also try fritillaries
at the front of a border alongside lenten rose hellebores - it prefers heavy soils to chalk or sand.
Three years of conservation work to restore the butterflies' breeding requirements is paying off and the June sunshine allowed the fritillaries
- Latin name Argynnis adippe - to emerge from pupal stage to flutter in greater numbers than ever around the bracken-covered slopes of the Alun Valley.
I love the smaller and more delicate bulbs, such as fritillaries
and erythroniums, and these are best bought from specialist alpine growers.
The high brown and pearl-bordered fritillaries
, which rely on particular conditions, are most under threat.
WHEN planting bulbs for spring, try something different - fritillaries
Very hardy and trouble-free, the 12in-high snake's head fritillaries
are perfect for the light shade of borders and shrubberies or naturalizing in grass or wooded areas.
Very hardy and trouble free, the 12in high snake's head fritillaries
are perfect for the light shade of borders and shrubberies or naturalising in grass or wooded areas.
You can also make an area of grass look more natural with bulbs such as daffodils, crocus and snake's-head fritillaries
The wood is also great for Silverwashed Fritillaries
, the White Admiral and its ultrarare cousin the Black Admiral.