Nancy Lindsay

– Posted in: Colchicums

Colchicum autumnale ‘Nancy Lindsay’ bloomed quite a while ago. She only threw forth two exquisite blossoms, and I somehow didn’t get out there with a camera in time. It would have been worth it, for Russell Stafford rightly describes her as having “abundant, bright-pink, purple-stemmed blooms . . . in September and October. Vigorous.” Yes, she has the elusive purple perianth tube that I have long sought in C. speciosum without success thus far. Bloom time was mid-September, after ‘Autumn Herald’ and the two ‘Queens,’ but before C. byzantinum, if I remember correctly. But bloom times seemed to be off this year, so don’t hold me to it. She certainly didn’t bloom into October, but if she turns out to be as abundant and vigorous as described, I have hope for the future. Get this one if you can, and plant it where you will be sure not to miss it.
She must be of fairly recent origin, as Bowles makes no mention of her, not even under the spurious (according to Bryan) name of C. pannonicum.

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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.

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.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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