What do you Know About Colchicum?

Posted by F&S

Friday, September 23rd, is the first day of autumn in our part of the world.  It’s quite obvious because the sun is setting earlier and we, Frenchies, can feel a nip in the air.  Another tell-tale sign is what’s blooming in the garden.

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It's starting to get a bit nippy, Franny, which means that autumn is approaching.  We're going to have to break out the sweaters and coats soon!

1 It's starting to get a bit nippy, Franny, which means that autumn is approaching. We're going to have to break out the sweaters and coats soon!

What do you suppose that purple thing is peeking out from behind these ferns!

2 What do you suppose that purple thing is peeking out from behind these ferns!

Look, Franny, fall crocus flowers are blooming and it isn't even autumn yet!

3 Look, Franny, fall crocus flowers are blooming and it isn't even autumn yet!

Actually, Sharkey, those aren't crocus flowers.  Look at these that are opened up a bit more.

4 Actually, Sharkey, those aren't crocus flowers. Look at these that are opened up a bit more.

While these flowers, which look a lot like crocus, and are often called fall crocuses, are actually Colchicum and are part of the lily family.

5 While these flowers, which look a lot like crocus, and are often called fall crocuses, are actually Colchicum and are part of the lily family.

This specific type is called the Lilac Wonder.  Once these bulbs are planted, they bloom every autumn.

6 This specific type is called the Lilac Wonder. Once these bulbs are planted, they bloom every autumn.

The Lilac Wonder is very popular due to the fact that it is very free-flowering, which means that each stem produces many flowers.

7 The Lilac Wonder is very popular due to the fact that it is very free-flowering, which means that each stem produces many flowers.

Oh, now I see the difference!  Crocuses have shorter, rounder petals, unlike colchicum, which have longer, pointier petals.  They do bear a resemblance to a lily!

8 Oh, now I see the difference! Crocuses have shorter, rounder petals, unlike colchicum, which have longer, pointier petals. They do bear a resemblance to a lily!

Thanks for teaching me the difference, Franny.  Boy, my face would be red if I incorrectly identified it!  I have a reputation to uphold!

9 Thanks for teaching me the difference, Franny. Boy, my face would be red if I incorrectly identified it! I have a reputation to uphold!

Comments (11)

  • Good Morning Girls

    I can't believe autumn is this Friday time sure does go by fast. I guess I better have mom dig out my sweaters oh how I dread the cold :(

    Mom had me up at 5 this morning she is heading North for meetings. When I finish here I'm going back to bed with dad I need a few more hours sleep.

    Basil give your mom a big happy birthday lick for me I hope she has a great day. Oh and stay away from the cucumbers!!!

    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies,
    Will wonders never cease---Lilac Wonders that is. You girls are sooooo smart knowing all these things. I love photo #4 Franny, as your teeth and my teeth look exactly the same---crooked. It is certainly a little cooler these mornings. We are getting a lot of firewood next weekend and guess what--today is Mom's 54th birthday. I will be good and stay out of the garden just to help her. Have a great day all.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Good morning ladies,
    I really like your smiling photo#9,Sharkey. You look so happy! You too Franny! You gals really can ID the flowers!
    Happy Birthdsy to Basil's Mom! My Mimi's b-day is on the 30th. I hear tell that one year my Papa thought the last day of September was the 31st! Boy, did he have to scramble down to the jewelry store FAST! It is really foggy here this morning. The sun is coming out & it should be a lovely day here.
    Til tomorrow
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Those fall flowers look really good. When they come out you can count on fall being here. Now if my Mommy had some of these planted down here in the south, they wouldn’t come up until almost winter. The fall’s aren’t very cool until almost winter. We have had a few cooler days with it only reaching into the high 80’s. Can hardly wait until the cool weather arrives. My winter coat is starting to come back in and this heat isn’t a good thing for me. Had my walk, breakfast and now it’s nap time.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., WOW! What a beautiful, informative blog post you did today you beautiful, intellectual young ladies! I love seeing those beautiful flowers and learning something new today! You both look so happy and yes, you both have a terrific reputation!! Did you teach G.K. about these beautiful flowers?! Bet he would love to see them, too! Basil. be sure you give your Mom lots of hugs and licks today! Cora-Belle, sure hope you little pal Quigley is doing better today! Sure hope everyone has a great day again today! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Thank you for the lessons as always ladies. Enjoy that warm sun while you can. Happy Birthday Basil's Mom. I bet you get lots of licks and hugs for Basil today. Good to hear that Quigley is feeling better Cora-Belle. :smile:

  • Oh WOW! I am so happy you had this story on Colchicum...I visited our beautiful Rotary Garden yesterday and saw these Colchicum flowers...I read up on them and found them deer resistant, so will be planting many of these and some other deer resistant plants. Thanks for reminding me with this great post and photos.

  • Greetings from the Midwest.... Chicago to be exact. My name is Lola and I am a BUG! Part Boston Terrier and Part Pug. Franny and Sharkey my Nana and I follow your posts each day. You girls sure know how to make a blog interesting. You always have something good to share. Here in my part of the country the nights are really cooling down. We all better check on the condition of our coats, sweaters and boots. Much to my dismay it won't be long before we will need them. I'm new at this posting business and hope I am doing it correctly. Take Care Lola

  • HI LOLA THE BUG!
    Sharkey, G.K., and I are so glad to have you on board! We hope you will become one of our regulars in the comment department. We have a really nice support group out there. Glad you enjoy our blog!

  • ..first off..big hi to the Bug, Lola, and Basil give your mom a lick for me for her birthday, also Rebel give your mom a lick for me..frenchies, you are some smart little doggies, thanks for the flower info.. No coat for me, my hair just gets thicker besides, here at the farm/ranch my buddies would probably make fun of me!..the Quigley, is doing much better today, though he tried to bite Lucinda this a.m., when she put more medicine on him, the vet said we did everything just right...hmm..Lucinda is carrying in sacks of groceries I better go see if there any treats for me...later pals, cora-belle

  • Arooo Sharkey, Francesca and GK and the kitties too. Long time no see. Glad to see you are well and happily anticipating fall. Can't wait to see your halloween costumes! Tail wags from Giorgio TNK9

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