This is the white form of Colchicum speciosum which, just as with the white form of byzantinum, is called ‘Album.’ Like the typical speciosum, the flower is taller and larger than the typical byzantinum, and not nearly as generous with its blossoms, at least this year. They’re elegant and demure, above the kind of flopsy behavior of their byzantinum cousins, but more able to compete for attention with the larger plants in the garden.
You want one, you know you do.
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.
in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013