Lilac-Pink Is The New Gold: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day September 2012

– Posted in: Colchicums, What's up/blooming

Many gardeners complain of a surfeit of yellow and gold in the fall garden, but mine is a preponderance of lilac-pink.

Slope garden in pink

The serendipitous second blooming of the creeping phlox complements the fall blooming flowers. (Click on photo to enlarge)

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.
Colchicum agrippinum

Colchicum agrippinum is not a vigorous grower for me, but I love those checkerboard petals, so I baby it along. Mostly it needs better drainage than I usually have on hand.

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.
Colchicums by stone wall

I planted these colchicums last September, before I even moved in.

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.
Cyclamen purpurascens

Cyclamen purpurascens

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.

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.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Lorraine Syratt September 25, 2012, 3:59 pm

I’m in zone 5b, southern Ontario. We probably had a similar July. Very dry for us. Oddly, I have some rogue morning glory poking up along the edge of a path. My phlox is almost finished, but it had a second flush earlier this month. I’m not getting a second flush on my creeping phlox. I wanted those pinks and pastels in my fall garden. It’s like a spring garden.

The Colchicum is lovely. I must look for that.

Deborah B September 19, 2012, 10:54 am

I’m getting a lot of primulas reblooming this fall, which really surprised me. I hope it doesn’t affect their blooming next spring. Some of the clematis are reblooming also, but not so much.

Diane C September 18, 2012, 7:44 pm

I was always partial to the golds and russets but looking at your pictures makes me want to save a little space for the lilacs as well.

Rose September 16, 2012, 9:40 pm

I like all your fall pinks! I was just looking through a bulb catalog and debating about ordering some cyclamen for next year–I think you’ve convinced me!

Cindy, MCOK September 16, 2012, 6:20 pm

Beautiful fall color, even if not typically associated with fall!

Gail September 16, 2012, 6:14 pm

Love your colchicums and how fine they look along the stone wall! Pink is a righteous fall color…especially when it leans toward lilac! I have a lot of the lilac pink when the False Dragonhead blooms. gail

Frances September 16, 2012, 5:07 pm

Your Colchicums are so pretty! We have some pinks here, but much more yellow and dark purple. When the pink muhly grass blooms, soon, however, we will be in the pink!

Jean September 16, 2012, 9:50 am

Great insight! When I look at my garden, I also see more purple-pink-rose colors than I do gold and bronzey-red. I’m not complaining either. Happy GBBD!

joene at joene's garden September 16, 2012, 8:09 am

Our GBBD colors seem to match. I, too, have many blooms in pink/lilac studded by a few blues and a yellow or two. My phlox have had a wonderful season with many blooming since June.

Les September 15, 2012, 9:36 pm

Put me in the yellow and gold column for September blooms, but I’m not complaining. Happy GBBD to you.

Corner Garden Sue September 15, 2012, 9:03 pm

It doesn’t look like fall there. I like the purple.