Colchicums: Planting and Blooming

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Planted Colchicum atropurpureum in the ell of the house this past Saturday, and I see something, either cat or renegade chicken, has dug up the tag. {Sigh} This is especially a problem as I’ve planted many different varieties in the spot. It’s sort of a nursery bed for my pet colchicums, as I think it is particularly warm and sheltered. The C. ‘Autumn Herald’ that I planted last week in this same spot has broken the surface; that was good to see. Also planted C. speciosum ‘Album’ on the shady side of the house, where it can bloom through some nice dark ajuga leaves. All the C. byzantinum (or what I think is byzantinum) that came with the house and I’ve relocated are blooming in full force, and C. ‘Violet Queen’ has also started, though its blooms don’t look violet to me.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

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