Russell Stafford of Odyssey Bulbs describes this as “a superior selection whose rich violet flowers are among the deepest in hue of any colchicum’s. . . . It is of robust constitution.” Well, it does seem robust, but not any deeper in color than say, ‘Zephyr.’ It seems like color is such a moving target. Two different people can describe the same flower with two different colors. It makes it very difficult to feel confident that I have a correctly labelled plant. Stafford doesn’t mention a purple perianth tube, but this has one, did you notice?
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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