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Crazy about colchicums


by Pippa Greenwood

I don't like to brag but, wow my colchicums are gorgeous. Yet again, despite the fact that they live on a very steep, very on the edge spot, they are stunning.


ColchicumsI don't like to brag but, wow my colchicums are gorgeous. Yet again, despite the fact that they live on a very steep, very on the edge spot, they are stunning. I planted them shortly after we moved here, some ten or more years ago and each and every year they re-appear, flower their socks off and then disappear amongst the rather untamed grasses, mallows and nettles that make up the bank. Next time anyone moans about the price of bulbs and corms I think I'll have to whisk out this picture and point out just how much, or perhaps I should say little, each flower works out at over the years. Bulbs like this are a garden investment and well worth every penny!



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Gardeners' World Web User 30/10/2007 at 11:17

I have had serious problems with pigeons on brassicas this year but not any on my colchicums, perhaps because they are on such a steep slope!! Just been out to check the current flowers and all OK! Yes netting should do the trick, but hopefully it will not need to be a permanent feature, interesting to hear if others have had this problem....I only get serious bulb problems with sparrows on yellow or orange spring crocus!!

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:30

I planted some colchicums in my garden last month and couldn't understand why they weren't coming up until this weekend, when I discovered that they are in fact coming up but the birds(I assume pigeons) are pulling the petals off as they emerge from the ground and scattering them round the garden. I have put a wire cage over the one that is currently visible and will have to keep a daily vigil for any others that emerge. Have you experienced this problems and do you have any tips to prevent it?