This is my first colchicum of the year. It appears the Bookish Gardener beat me, as she is displaying a whole clump to my single blossom. To my eye, they are the same plant: Colchicum byzantinum. To your eye, the colors of the two flowers are different; her image is more accurate. Also, you can’t see inside my flower, but eventually it will look like her photograph. That’s how all my byzantinums look on the inside. For those of you unfamiliar with this genus, I suggest you browse through the Colchicum category linked on the sidebar. I’m afraid I won’t have time to take many photographs because of the construction work going on, so the previous years’ photos will have to suffice. But if there are any I didn’t show you last year, I probably will break down and take a photo. I have to warn you, the images from when this was a Moveable Type blog aren’t all coming out. Part of the problem is when the code is partly in all caps and partly not: don’t ask me why it matters, but through trial and error I discovered it does. But it doesn’t take care of the whole problem, and I don’t know if I have the time to figure out the rest of the problem. Sorry.
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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