Present and Accounted For

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Colchicum ‘Autumn Herald’ finally made an appearance, kind of late to be a herald, but a relief to me. Only one blossom so far–perhaps it’s not thriving? Or perhaps I’m too impatient. After all, this first blossom has scarcely colored up yet. The first of the transplanted ‘Lilac Wonder’s is blooming, and doesn’t look floppy like it did in its former location, so now I’m wondering if it flopped because it didn’t get enough sun. But it’s not a leaf or a stem, so does it even have the potential to lean towards the sun? Beats me. Wait and see, Kathy, wait and see. It’s only one of ten bulbs, after all.

The first two flowers of all the bulbs Collin planted in front of the lilac hedge are coming up, and they’re not as noticeable from the house as I had hoped. For one thing, Lachlan made a point not to mow there this last time because he was afraid of harming them, so they are a bit lost in the grass. For another thing, they are going to be blooming singly this year because of being divided, whereas next year each singleton will (hopefully) be a clump. For another thing, two blossoms do not a mass planting make. Most of them haven’t bloomed yet, and the ones toward the further end were small enough they may not have a blossom in them this fall. Don’t worry–when it does finally look spectacular I’ll be sure to show you.

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.

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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