colchicum

‘Disraeli’ colchicum

– Posted in: Colchicums

I have seen a lot of photographs of colchicums in books and magazines, including my own article on colchicums, where the color seemed unnaturally saturated and intense. I had never grown a colchicum that richly colored, and I suspected that the photographs had been "adjusted" to make them more appealing. Those photos may very well [...]

Crocuses: A Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews

Late last week I received a review copy of Crocuses: A Complete Guide to the Genus by Janis Ruksans. This is the kind of gardening book that makes my garden-geeky heart beat faster. It focuses on one genus, and endeavors to tell you everything you could possibly want to know: growing in an open garden, [...]

Colchicum ‘Beaconsfield’

– Posted in: Colchicums

This is a recent acquisition from Odyssey Bulbs, in full, though battered, bloom on September 15th. It does not seem to be as tesselated (checkered) as Colchicum agrippinum. But since this is its first year, and since I was out of town for its peak bloom, we'll revisit that issue next year. It appears it [...]

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day November 2008

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

The first half of November, when these photos were taken (November 12th, to be exact), was unusually mild. So even though I missed Garden Bloggers Bloom Day by a mile (well, okay, only 9 days), I'm going to post these photos anyway, so I can remember this mild November when next winter comes around. The [...]

Pretty in Pink?

– Posted in: Colchicums, Design, Plant info, What's up/blooming

This is a section of the Birthday Garden, which is a somewhat raised bed sandwiched between the driveway and the house. At the base of the stone wall, looking rather pale, are some Colchicum byzantinum. Above them is an unknown chrysanthemum, which Debi Lampman of Bedlam Gardens in King Ferry, NY gave to me this [...]

Curiouser and curiouser

– Posted in: Colchicums

As befits a good garden buddy, I gave some colchicum bulbs to my friend Bub several years ago. As a matter of fact, every time I dig up and divide a new kind, I give her some, so by now she has at least three kinds. But she's never bought any herself, so all that [...]