This is the tiniest colchicum in my collection. I just got it in this autumn’s order from Odyssey Bulbs, and it was in full bud in the bag, a bit surprising since both Bowles and Russell Stafford say it blooms later than the straight species. I hope, as Stafford claims in his catalog copy, that it is indeed “a vigorous form, its abundance of bloom and rapidity of increase amply compensating for its relatively small flowers.” I am already thinking of moving it to the flower bed I showed you earlier. The petite white blossoms would fill in the gaps marvelously in the fall, but I have to see how vigorous the colchicum’s spring foliage is before I decide. It might overwhelm the spring ephemerals planted there. (Photo taken September 5th.)
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.
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