Sat at home by myself, I am wondering why Nicola Jarvis chose to include the Fritillary in her Loveday design. I have an allotment and grow them, but they struggle in my soil. What I have found is that they relish damp conditions in winter and early spring. I planted too few, so they always look lonely and sad. They have chessboard flowers in pink, rose and mauve. Monty Don tells us they are native, that the bulb goes dormant after June until August, when it grows new shoots which can be found below the surface, ready to spurt once the weather warms. He also reminds us that if you want to see them in all their glory, thousands flower behind Oxford University’s Magdalen College every spring. So, although I don’t know for sure, I think she chose them for their beauty and grace, which is why I grow them in my allotment.
So, I started the Loveday Fritillary during the class and, now feel daunted. Here’s what I’ve done so far. I will share what I learn as a novice crewel worker as I go.