My longtime readers know I have a “thing” for colchicums. Their botanical weirdness–blooming in fall without leaves, which show up in spring and die down in July–fascinates me, yes. But when you have as many different kinds as I do, it is just plain fun to go out on “colchicum patrol” to see what’s come up since yesterday. This year, I decided to take you along. Here’s what I’ve discovered in the past week.(If I’ve written about a particular colchicum before, you will find it linked to in the text. Follow the link for more info and pictures.)These blooms (above) emerged on September 3rd and were blooming by the 5th. They win the prize for first-to-bloom. ‘Innocence’ is also known as ‘Album’. I don’t know where my original ‘Innocence’ went to. I am not sure if I somehow lost them when we moved, or if I inadvertently gave them all away, but I bought this one last year from Daffodils and More. I acquired ‘Disraeli’ last year, also from Daffodils and More. I have wanted ‘Beaconsfield’ ever since I saw it in Autumn Bulbs by Rod Leeds. There are lots of colchicums I’d never heard of (or seen) in that book.
Okay, some of these flowers hadn’t opened all the way yet. That just means you’ll get to see them next week, too.
More Colchicum Patrols
- Colchicum Patrol: Week 2
- Colchicum Patrol: Week 3
- Colchicum Patrol: Week 4
- Colchicum Patrol: Week 5
- Colchicum Patrol: Week 6
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