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richard.spicer.7906

Based in St Albans. Making a career change to studying Horticulture. Likes most plants/shrubs, Bulb addict and converted succulent lover 😄

Fritillaria imperialis 'Early Passion'

  • Season Icon Late WinterLate Winter 2019
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richard.spicer.7906

16/03/19 - Fritillary Update - when this first emerged it didn’t know which direction to grow and it veered left, then right, straggled along the ground then shot upwards! And despite the wind it’s holding up very well now. This is the earliest I’ve ever seen it flower, definitely think it prefers being in the ground. Moved it from a pot to my bulb nursery bed last autumn. The others are coming up fast behind it #fritillaria #fritillary #fritillaria-imperialis #fritillariaimperialisearlypassion

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richard.spicer.7906

I like this one as it has dark burgundy flower stalks #crownimperial #bulbnurserybed

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anges

Impressive, sounds very posh 😁

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rosiebug

Beautiful 💛💛

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clipperty

Amazing colouring on the petals, never taken notice of that before xx

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telswirld

💛👌🏻

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joanboston

Beautiful Richard, does it have that crown imperial smell?

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linfoster

Nice collage Rich 👍🏻

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rachelbrooks

Wow! Yours is even further on than mine! Must be more tropical north of the Essex border! 😉💛

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godfreye

Mine are only just coming through yours are great hope mine are half as good🤗

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valjones-hughes

So early. Was just looking back on the hashtag and they seem to be about 4 weeks earlier this year!

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kathy

I planted Fritillary in pots and they never did well but loved being in the garden

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

Fritillaria imperialis ‘Early Passion’ - just scraped in at the beginning of April. Earlier flowering than the others #fritillary #fritillaria-imperialis #fritillaria #fritillariaimperialisearlypassion #crownimperial #bestofapril

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christineb

Beautiful delicate markings

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ukjohnny

...superb

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

The first one fully open, 'Early Passion' - definitely smaller than last year so possibly another bulb that is split into two, or it didn't get enough energy stored up last year. #fritillaria #fritillary #crownimperial #fritillaria-imperialis #fritillariaimperialisearlypassion

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ukjohnny

...super photo Rich

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juliesgarden

💛💛💛

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brighton

That's beautiful, can't wait for mine to flower @richard.spicer.7906

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brighton

Mine smells horrible @richard.spicer.7906

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rachelbrooks

That’s a shame, but pretty nonetheless 💛

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2017
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richard.spicer.7906

The markings on the flowers of Fritillaria imperialis 'Early Passion' are amazing, compared the other yellow forms 💛👌🏼 - combined with the almost black stems and the spread between each bloom. Not at all cluttered! #crownimperial #fritillaria-imperialis #fritillaria #fritillariaimperialisearlypassion #fritillary

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mrsflowerpot

Stun-Ning!! 💚💛💚💛

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jacq1075

So pretty 💛💛💛

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thomasrat3

Morning Richard, they are lively😍

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harebell

Stunning 🙌🙌🙌

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johninbrighton

Fabulous photo.

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janric

Gorgeous 💛

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brightcolours

#yellowcrownimperial #yellowfritillaria

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brightcolours

#yellowflowers

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brightcolours

#bestofapril

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gjones

Very nice!

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Elkylonky

Love these, i want a big swathe like Monty Don has but will have to wait to get bulbs for the autumn now 🤔

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2017
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richard.spicer.7906

A few more days later as the stems get darker with the sun 👌🏼#crownimperial #fritillaria-imperialis #fritillaria #fritillariaimperialisearlypassion #fritillary

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rosiebug

Love this , stunning 💛💛💛💛💚😍👍🏻

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SylviaDavies

Gorgeous!

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nej

Very nice

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mojo

✨💛👌

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2017
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richard.spicer.7906

Morning 👋🏼😀 - thought I'd start today with some #fritillary updates. Last year I spent a bit of time hunting around for yellow flowering cultivar which had 'a bit of an edge' to it. Well I eventually chose this one, 'Early Passion', and I picked it because I wanted the darker, almost black stems as a contrast. The normal Lutea variety just has green stems and not sure I'm as much a fan of it compared to the red varieties. And now that it's flowered I can honestly say it's a beauty! 😍💛👌🏼

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richard.spicer.7906

#crownimperial #fritillaria-imperialis #fritillaria #fritillariaimperialisearlypassion

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rosiebug

👌🏻👌🏻💛💛

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bigemrg

They look great Richard! It's the first year I've grown crown imperials and I've been very impressed with them! Will have to look out for this variety!

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  • Season Icon Late AutumnLate Autumn 2016
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richard.spicer.7906

Fritillaria 'Early Passion' #fritillary #fritillaria #fritillaria-imperialis #crownimperial #fritillariaimperialisearlypassion

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richard.spicer.7906

Most Fritillaria should be planted on their side to prevent loss due to rotting. Each bulb has a cavity on the top side which can collect with water and if hangs around will start to cause rot. On their sides, the water has less chance to stay around. Doesn't harm to plant on a bed of grit too. The shoots will easily adjust as they develop 👍🏼

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rachelbrooks

I can't remember how I've planted mine, so I hope they come up ok! 😬

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gjones

Planted ours about a month ago. Heard they're good for repelling deer!

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ankur1406

My tulip bulbs are started to rotten, is any idea to save those? I seeded first time, so don't know much about bulbs care, kindly help me.

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richard.spicer.7906

Fingers crossed Rachel they will be ok 😬 - I'm sure you'll get a fab display. What ones did you get in the end? @rachelbrooks

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richard.spicer.7906

Haha, yes they probably good at repelling a few things - even the neighbours! They are known to have a bit of a odour when they start to poke through the soil. But tends to disappear before they start flowering in my experience. I can put up with the smell, but for many it puts them off growing them. @gjones

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richard.spicer.7906

@ankur1406 - oh dear, that's not good 😱 - if they are out of the ground too long in cold damp conditions this can cause rot - when did you buy them - recently or some time ago? It might be worth giving up on them and just saving the ones that look ago. Can you purchase fresh bulbs?

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rachelbrooks

I have the Meleagra (sp?) the snakes head 🐍 ones 👍🏼

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ankur1406

I purchased fresh bulbs. Temperature is 20°C to 30°C here. In coming months it will go down definitely.

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