Archive entry 29.11.15
3rd December 2015
This is the first flowering of Colchicum autumnale in the woods at the top of the garden. I want to cover the ground with C. 'Waterlily'
so that I get a final display from the woodland space before the year sinks towards winter. To advance that aim, I planted C. autumnale to confirm that
a Colchicum would thrive in that location. Immediately afterwards I got impatient and started planting the C. 'Waterlily' anyway. They have done well
but the C. autumnale seems to has disappeared. Perhaps it will suddenly flower one day and I will be surprised by its re-appearance.
It is one of the most widespread species in Europe, occurring in a broad band from Portugal east to the Ukraine with populations in the UK that could be natural
or ancient introductions.