This page is a picture gallery of colchicum (fall crocus) in the Island Garden.
These plants were planed by some previous owners and multiplied. There is a large number of them spread throughout the garden. We have all hues of purple, from dark ….. all the way to white. They are called fall crocus but they are actually of a lily family, not crocus.
In the spring they have handsome, very large leaves which are attractive until July, after that they will become quite unsightly so it is a good idea to plant some annuals such as cosmos . I have lots od peonies and Japanese anemones in the same flower bed. Many times I just wanted to cut these leaves off, but it is very important not to…. for another 5-6 weeks
As the flowers mature, they get a little lax. Some of them will lie down on the ground and if I want to grow colchicums I will have to get use to it. It is specifically bad with the first rain here on the Island.
These are heirloom plants hardy to zone 4. They like to be planted deep (6″ minimum.)
Its leaves, corm and seeds are poisonous so deer will not eat them.
Colchicum Water lily
In the spring the pot will go to another location and poppies will take its place
Image of fall crocus growing through the crocosmia
Colchicum with hellebore
Standing all together keeping each other company. They are little crowded here. Each crom has several flower spikes.
Fall crocus in Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla)
There seems to be several different kinds. Some I know some I do not know.
Colchicum autumnale Album
And for some of the “bird” life ……… two little buddies sharing a birdbath. Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus) and stocky Crossbill finch youngster ( genus Loxia)
And a lady deer just finished eating my roses underneath the front room window. Pretty bold.
looking very inocent . She was born on this property so she thinks everything here is hers.
“I better run they are not happy with me”
Such is life…
My next blog will depict a young Pine siskin playing in the fountain.