First colchicum

– Posted 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.

About the Author

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.

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.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Mr. McGregor's Daughter September 6, 2009, 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 =-.

Kathy Purdy September 6, 2009, 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.”