‘Violet Queen’

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Colchicum ‘Violet Queen’ is also blooming now. It started a day or two after ‘Autumn Queen.’ Last year, ‘Violet Queen’ and ‘Autumn Herald’ bloomed at the same time. This year, VQ is blooming its head off, and AH has yet to make an appearance. I sure hope it’s not a goner. This year, I cut one blossom each of AQ and VQ, and yes, they are different. They both have the same bowl of white in the center, but AQ is tesselated, and to my eye, a deeper shade of the same color as VQ. In other words, if I was going to call one of them violet, it would be the one named ‘Autumn Queen,’ not the one named ‘Violet Queen,’ but it would still be a stretch, as they both seem to have too much pink in them to be called violet. I’d call them lavender, I think. (But maybe I’m the wrong person to ask. Talitha and I have had several arguments about color, most notably about her brother Arlan’s car, which I say is dark blue and she says is dark green.) And as Bryan notes, VQ does have distinctive orange anthers.

At any rate, both Queens are well worth the purchase price: large, showy, and increasing well. A good choice for the front of a hedge or shrub border. You will definitely be able to pick them out on the further side of the lawn.

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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 the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

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

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bill September 10, 2004, 10:32 pm

Unfortunately I often find myself in disagreement about whether something is green or red!