Many gardeners complain of a surfeit of yellow and gold in the fall garden, but mine is a preponderance of lilac-pink.The dry spell we had this summer caused many spring bloomers, including the Phlox subulata ‘Purple Beauty,’ to rebloom this fall. When I planted the phlox on either side of the Colchicum agrippinum, I thought its low-growing foliage would make a pleasing backdrop to the leafless colchicum flowers, and gave no thought to the phlox’s blooms, which match those of the colchicums pretty closely. The tall border phlox (Phlox paniculata) to the left has a similar hue, and the hydrangea on the right, while not an exact color match, plays along nicely. Since I inherited the tall phlox and the hydrangea in those precise locations, I can’t take too much credit for this tableau, but I am well pleased nonetheless. Above is a closer view of C. agrippinum with a few blossoms of the creeping phlox. Most colchicums don’t have such distinct tessellation, though ‘Disraeli,’ which I just planted this year, does. I have gobs of colchicums blooming everywhere. I seem to have a lot more than I did at the old house, even after sharing my surplus with others. These pictured by the stone wall are the misidentified ones I think of as impostors. They are very big and very vigorous, forming numerous new corms each year, but I don’t know their true identity, as they were sold to me as three different plants. I moved this petite cyclamen over from the old garden fairly recently. I had planted it in front of a flowering almond there, but as the shrub grew, the cyclamen wound up under it rather than in front of it. I hope it will become more floriferous now that it’s no longer buried in foliage. This cyclamen is supposed to be the hardiest species. It has slowly but steadily grown over several years, so it’s hardy enough for me.
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.