This is a time of year when I would normally be travelling the country to find our wonderful native spring flowers in their natural habitat. With current restrictions I am very pleased that we opted to grow mainly native British flowers in our garden. The key to growing native flowers well is to provide suitable environments. The snakes head fritillary (above), Fritillaria meleagris, is a rare native of wet grassland (the largest wild population is at the North Meadow National Nature reserve is situated in North Wiltshire) and in the garden grows in our ‘wetland’ an area sharing the pond liner with our wildlife pond and so always damp.
Our cowslips (Primula veris) and primroses (Primula vulgaris), however, never seed in the wetland, but flourish on our small chalk bank (3 tonnes of chalk from a Wiltshire chalk pit).
Our Wood Spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides) is the current star of our ‘woodland patch’ made of a few native trees and shrubs.
A walk around the garden in later March feels like a walk around the nature reserves of the South West, so why not make room for natives.