Against the backdrop of the warm stone church wall, this tableau appears like a small miracle each year in April.
Fritillaria meleagris is a Eurasian species of flowering plant in the lily family. Its common names include snake’s head fritillary, snake’s head (the original English name), chess flower, frog-cup, guinea-hen flower, leper lily (because its shape resembled the bell once carried by lepers), Lazarus bell, chequered daffodil, drooping tulip or, in northern Europe, simply fritillary. What a star!
Why not take a walk around the front of the church and see what’s coming up through the grass? There’s never a dull moment – it’s like a stage where the players are constantly changing. Don’t miss the show – it doesn’t cost a thing!