The Star at the moment. GBBD September.

Without a doubt, the star of the garden at the moment are my Colchicums. What started off as 3 bulbs increased over the years and was eventually divided into two clumps. The original clump stayed more or less as it was, but the few that had been moved have been very busy underground increasing nicely. They have increased so much that I think I could move some to a couple more places.

This is my original clump and is always the first to flower.

I think the orginal clump needs a bit of protection from the wind.

This clump also recieves more sunshine than the others so that is probably why they always flower first.

My other clump has been planted behind the wall of the Bar-B-Q which probably gives them some protection.

They are certainly spreading year on year.

Trying to count flowers and noses pushing through the soil isn’t easy, but I think this clump has over 40, so I think a few can be spared for elsewhere.

I hope you agree that they are a beautiful autumn flower, the common name is “naked ladies” because the foliage comes in the spring and not the autumn with the flowers. It pays to plant them amongst other plants so that the foliage isn’t very visible while it is dying down, it also helps to protect the flowers from the worst of the weather. The variety that I have is Rosy Dawn, but there are quite a few different varieties in various colours of pink, white and lilac, also doubles as well as singles.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this each month with flowers from all over the world.

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10 Responses to The Star at the moment. GBBD September.

  1. Anna K says:

    Happy belated Bloom Day, Pauline! You made me realize I need some of these beauties. They are lovely and so needed right now!

  2. Cathy says:

    I need to add some singles, Pauline, as I only have the double ‘Water Lily’ and pretty though it is, it does look rather fussy! Yours are lovely

    • Pauline says:

      To have such spring like flowers at this time of year is a bonus Cathy, I have almost been tempted by Waterlily, but so far have resisted!The second clump have increased so much, I can see more clumps being started soon.

  3. They look beautiful! A nice complement to the cyclamen 🙂
    Mine are just starting and looking forward to them makes the chilly weather a little more tolerable.

    • Pauline says:

      I’ve often wondered if they would grow in the woodland with the cyclamen, what do you think, or do they need sunshine to flower well? Hope your weather isn’t too cold!

  4. snowbird says:

    They are beautiful, how lucky you are having them spreading like that. I was just admiring my neighbours today.xxxx

    • Pauline says:

      I’m amazed at how they are spreading Dina, hopefully I’ll be able to take one or two off and move them further over on the rockery as soon as they have finished flowering.

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