First colchicum

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by Kathy Purdy on September 6, 2009 · 2 comments

in Colchicums, Garden Tweets

My first colchicum is up but hasn’t pinked up yet.

This is Colchicum byzantinum.

This is Colchicum byzantinum.

Most colchicums emerge white and then pink up over the next few days.

Did you know I am a colchicum evangelist, spreading the good news of colchicums wherever I go? For some of my earlier messages, check out the archives.

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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.

Gardening at first felt like a natural pleasure, and then it became a necessary one.
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Mr. McGregor's Daughter September 6, 2009 at 6:52 pm

My Colchicums are up and starting to bloom too. It’s always such a treat. Unfortunately, the first few blooms have been ruined by slugs or earwigs, I can’t tell which.
.-= Mr. McGregor’s Daughter´s last blog ..The Best Laid Plans =-.

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Kathy Purdy September 6, 2009 at 7:11 pm

E. A. Bowles, the colchicum expert, used to have have trouble with slugs: “I am very fond of the Spring-flowering colchicums, but unfortunately slugs are also, and those greedy gastropods and I have a race for who can see the flower-buds first. If I win I go out after dark with an acetylene lamp and a hatpin and spear the little army of slugs making for a tea party at the sign of the Colchicum.”

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