Fritillaria: Fritillaria meleagris
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An excellent bulb for naturalising in grass. Here seen growing in our 'meadow' (only a few square yards) at the end of the garden.
The grass is cut late July after seed has set and the cut grass is left lying for a few days to ensure all the seed has fallen. If time and weather permit, it can be given another trim in the autumn (after the Colchicum autumnale have flowered).
Exactly the same regime suits the cowslips.
Notice how thin the grass is in the last picture. The grass has been weakened by sowing yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor). This a parasite on grass and weakens the grass allowing the Fritillaria and cowslpis to thrive better.
The yellow rattle puts on an atractive display in its own right later in the season.