These colchicums were still blooming Friday afternoon.
s those of you who follow me
or the Cold Climate Gardening page
on Facebook know, I gave a talk on colchicums yeseterday for the Adirondack Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society, which meets in Ithaca–not the Adirondacks.
The day before my talk, I decided to pick any fresh-looking colchicums and take them to the talk. To my surprise I found five different varieties in good shape. Of course, it was the very last of the byzantinums, just one single blossom that I decided to pick. And since this was my first year with ‘Spartacus’, I don’t know if he will bloom so late next year. The unknown colchicum was left behind, I suspect, when I moved a clump, and it was buried deep and so bloomed late. But ‘Waterlily’ and C. autumnale ‘Alboplenum’ are usually the last to be blooming. (You can click on the photo to enlarge it for a better look.)
The talk was very well-received and I hope to give it again. If your upstate NY garden group is looking for speakers, have them contact me through GreatGardenSpeakers.com.
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.
in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013