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Wild flower is the jewel in Britain's floral crown

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: May 09, 2013

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I've been contacted by our friends at Doddington Hall this week because they have taken some pictures of a special wild flower growing in their grounds.

As you can see from the images, these fritillaria meleagris are absolutely beautiful.

The Royal Horticultural Society says on its website: "The snake's head fritillary (common name) is one of the most exquisite jewels in the treasure house of British wild flowers.

"Its linear grey-green leaves are followed in spring by nodding heads sometimes of pure white, or more frequently marked with a delicate chequerboard pattern in shades of purple."

They look like a gift to me, and I'd certainly feel like I'd been given a present if they turned up in my garden.

In other news, Lincolnshire Waste Partnership is offering local residents the chance to buy a half price compost bin as part of Compost Awareness Week from May 6-12.

Around 30 per cent of households are already composting at home, but it is hoped the scheme will prompt many more to start this spring.

Did you know that more than one third of the contents of an average UK household bin can be home composted, as well as garden waste including grass cuttings, old flowers and nettles and spent bedding plants?

The Lincolnshire Waste Partnership has teamed up with getcomposting.com and are offering home compost bins from £16.98 plus delivery. There is also a Buy One Get One Half Price offer.

To find out more, call 0844 571 4444 or visit www.getcomposting.com Simply enter your postcode to find the best deal for you.

The North Lincoln Horticultural Society's Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 12 (10am-noon) at the Bailgate Methodist Church Hall in Lincoln.

Visitors will find all manner of vegetable plants, from cucumbers to cabbages, beans to Brussels, flowering shrubs, annual, bi-annual and perennial flowers, herbs and more. Alongside the plant sales there will be garden requisites, tools and handy hints from those present to help your garden to grow.

Entry is 50p, or free to members of the society on production of their card. They'll also be a chance to show off your success at the society's annual produce show, at the same venue on Saturday, September 1.

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