Down, but Not Out

After wrestling with WordPress for far too long yesterday, trying to format text and pictures for my post, I am keeping it short and simple today – and have edited this beautiful Colchicum ‘Waterlily’ (which really should have featured yesterday)elsewhere before importing it. It may look a little worse for wear as we have had some wind overnight, bringing a flurry of leaves down from roadside trees as well as the first real evidence of it in the garden. When I first posted a picture of the colchicum a few weeks ago it was if it had appeared suddenly out of nowhere, but now you can tell that it is really establishing itself and beginning to naturalise – I’m sure it was a single bulb when I planted it. There must be a botanical word for the ‘stem’ of these bulbs, but it is not on the tip of my tongue (please enlighten me someone!); they are so delicate it is astonishing they can hold up the multi-petalled head for as long as they do. I need to make a mental note to order more colchicum next year – AND some spring crocus as I suspect I will have lost mine in my work on the stream and the adjacent bank, although they may well pop up in random places where the soil has been moved.

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6 Responses to Down, but Not Out

  1. Anna says:

    A delicate appearance belying a strong constitution – oh how pretty. Not sure of that botanical word either 🙂 Very windy here today in the north west where the leaves have definitely been departing from the trees.

  2. paulinemulligan says:

    Lovely colchicums, yours are multiplying as fast as mine, it’s nice when you have plenty to move around the garden. Gales last night with lots of leaves ripped off the trees, what a mess, but it will just have to wait, still planting all my plants!

    • Cathy says:

      Do you rake up all your leaves, Pauline, or leave them where practicable? Hope the weather is OK for your planting in the next few days – I still have bulbs to plant but they can wait a bit longer.

      • paulinemulligan says:

        Cathy, we just rake them up off the paving and the lawn, the rest can rot down in situ. We have piles of them rotting in the corner of the woodland which then gets used for new plants and mulching. I am using 2yr old rotted leaves as I’m planting at the moment.

  3. Cathy says:

    My mother has a bag of leaf mould she brought with her to her current house in 1987 (I have staked my claim…!)

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