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Profile Image Graham Rayner

gardengimp

Creating a new garden from scratch. Interested in ferns, succulents, alpines, climbers, herbaceous perennials, grasses, and composting. West Yorkshire

Fritillaria imperialis 'Aurora'

  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2019
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gardengimp

Open my stinky beauty, opennnnnn #fritillaria-imperialis. "What's that smell Graham? Is someone smoking ganja?" #crownimperial

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Keely

It's going to be lovely in full bloom hope the cold doesn't get it 💘💘💘

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pelly

Calm down Graham and be patient 🙄😂😂

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gardengimp

Yes, and I hope not @Keely. Or even stolen! If it's not nailed down in these parts y'never know! 😄

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gardengimp

@pelly I feel like an expectant father again, except the wait has been six months, not nine! 😅

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pelly

Six has got to be preferable to nine Graham 😱😂😂

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valjones-hughes

Stunning shot Graham, just think if you didn’t have to wait you’d miss it!

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gardengimp

@pelly 😆😂

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gardengimp

@valjones-hughes thanks! Yes you're right there Val! 😄

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awomanonabike

Great photo and I love the smell. Apparently they’re trying to breed it out...

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gardengimp

@awomanonabike that would be a crime! Far too many snowflakes in this world. I actually like the smell, I think it's close to euphorbia characias, has the same 'charm'.

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awomanonabike

I do like a charming flower 😉

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2019
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gardengimp

One of 2 crown imperials from #harrogateautumnflowershow2018, one red, one yellow. I'm guessing this one is the red, looking at the darker stem and markings, in the same way a pink foxglove has a pink flush on its leaves as an indicator of flower colour 🤔 #springtime #crownimperial #fritillaria-imperialis

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pelly

Wish I'd got some now 😔😔

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gardengimp

There's always next year @pelly 😊 They were the only things I bought because I knew I could pot them up and move with me. I might be helping you find one in a month or so 😃 #harrogatespringflowershow2019

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pelly

You never know Graham 👍👍

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awomanonabike

It is sooooo exciting watching these appear. I don’t think the ones I had flower last year are going to flower this year but hopefully my new ones will - but a bit behind yours

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gardengimp

@awomanonabike it is! The rate of growth once they're above soil level is astonishing. I'm sure yours will do you proud 😊 I suppose it's all relative, those on the south coast might be in flower, those in Scotland just peeking through.

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awomanonabike

I’d love to see them in time-lapse 😃😃😃

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gardengimp

@awomanonabike that would be amazing. Making time lapse videos are on my bucket list 😄

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awomanonabike

I’ve got David Attenborough’s “Life of Plants” on DVD and the time lapse photography are my favourite bits 😍

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awomanonabike

You should see those brambles go... 😉😂

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