March (+ April + seedheads forming in May) - Always a treat - the king of the fritillaries is with us.

Ours is even managing to look majestic after a slug has tried to have a nibble.

Ours is even managing to look majestic after a slug has tried to have a nibble.

Fritillaria imperialis is not everyone's favourite, I think some might describe its scent as 'musky', it is definitely distinctive- but as bulbs go, it is not a flash in the pan.   So many disappoint.  You plan in autumn, thinking they will be lovely, dream of them through the winter only to find they are with you for a matter of days.   This Fritillaria lasts and brings great colour and structure to a still pretty bare border after winter.