No, it’s not the Invasion of the Subterranean Aliens. These are emerging colchicum flowers. Col-chi-what? An underused flowering bulb from the Lily family, which hold a fascination for me that I really can’t explain. I never would have discovered them, had they not been growing here when we moved in. Their botanical weirdness of blooming leafless in the fall with a tube of petal-like tissue passing for a stem, while their leaves and seedpods are a spring-only event, is certainly part of the attraction. Locating new varieties is also part of the fun, similar to scoring a find at a flea market.
But part of the enjoyment of them is just knowing they are coming. At a time when the rest of the garden has a “been there, done that” look about it, I get a pleasure, similar to hunting for snowdrops in early spring, from roaming around the garden in the places where I planted them, looking for signs of their appearance. And since I have many varieties, which open over a period of weeks, I have multiple excuses for going out to the garden for a colchicum hunt. You should try it sometime.