Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fall Blooming Crocus

Imagine my surprise today when I pulled into the driveway at lunch time to see a new bloom in the garden. But there it was, my fall blooming crocus, which is hard to miss because unlike it's spring cousin the fall blooming crocus has really large blooms. Colchicum autumnale is also known as the naked lady flower, because it's foliage comes up in spring (foliage resembles orchid leaves) and dies back in early summer. Which leads one to believe it died off without ever blooming. However in fall the bloom emerges without any foliage. I love that it blooms right about the time that everything else in the garden is dying away. Just when I've just about given up on my gardens, here is a reminder that things are still alive and beautiful.

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