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.

In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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