By the way, there’s an article in the October 2003 issue of Horticulture that tells you everything I know about colchicums. It made me kind of sad to discover it, because I had it in my head that I would write THE article on colchicums as soon as I did a little more research, and it would be my big break into garden magazine writing. Sigh. By the time I really have time to devote to serious writing, the world will be ready for another article on colchicums. Or maybe I’ll be into something else by then. At any rate, it’s a good article, written by one of my favorite authors, Joe Eck. You should read every one of his books, including the ones written with Wayne Winterrowd. They live in Vermont, and they know cold climate gardening. I got to tour their garden once, but that’s a story for another day . . .
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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