Acis autumnalis 'Cobb's Variety'
Archive entry 04.08.13
8th October 2010
There is never enough time to properly unfold the mystery of a name. I bought this little scrap
of green, perfumed with the promise of the unknown, from Bob Brown at Cotswold Garden Flowers.
I am enjoying all of these small Acis at the moment (I planted 50 bulbs of 'Gravetye Giant'
this spring, so I suppose I am enjoying the larger Leucojum as well). I saw this one and
knew I had to have it. It is supposed to have flowers up to twice the size of the typical form, but
it hasn't flowered here (I'm writing this almost a year after I took the picture) and I still only
have leaves for my trouble. I can only find a single picture of the flower online and the scale
is difficult to determine. Perhaps the bud looks longer and more slender than my other forms.
I don't know who Cobb was, if there is time I will check through my own library and see what
I can find. I feel an affinity for anybody who cared enough to select a special form of the species.
26th August 2012
Flowers at last. They aren't distinct enough to inspire rapturous prose, but I think they are more strongly stained with reddish brown
at the base. They aren't any larger as far as I can tell (without resorting to dissection and measurement)
but they hang with a weary air making the flower bell look longer and narrower.
13th September 2014