This has been one of the best colchicum seasons ever, due to several factors. First, we had plentiful rain in spring. A mild summer caused the foliage to stay green longer and thus provide more energy for flower formation, then we had a hot (or at least, hotter) dry period during their dormancy, which they need. Mild temperatures and little rain for the bulk of the flowering season kept the flowers looking their best. (I noticed many blossoms had flopped over once it did rain.) Besides ‘Waterlily’, ‘Spartacus’ and C. autumnale ‘Alboplenum’ are still going strong. ‘Lilac Wonder’ and some of my impostors have a few blooms left.
Thanks for joining me on my colchicum patrol the last six weeks. It’s helped me prepare for my upcoming talk (see below). I’m a little sad to see it end, but fortunately the fall crocus (Crocus speciosus) have started blooming to console me.
Colchicum Talk This Saturday
If you want to hear and see yet more about colchicums, I’ll be speaking to the Adirondack Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Their meeting starts at 1pm, and they meet in Room 404 of the Plant Sciences Building on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, NY.