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Colchicum autumnale from seed

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 12:43

Saffron does not  come from  Colchicum, it comes from Crocus sativus.

All parts of Colchicum are poisonous.

Keep an eye open for the bulbs flowering in the packets in Garden Centres. They often then sell them off cheaply. It does not matter if they have flowered in the shop, you can still plant them and get flowers the following season.

Clematis wilt?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 10:42

In Wilt the leaves turn dark green, nearly purple and it begins at the base of the plant. Mollusc damage causes the leaves to droop from the top of the plant downwards.

Colchicum autumnale from seed

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:43

I sow the seeds about half a centimetre deep and cover with grit.

Colchicums are not Autumn crocus. They are in a family of their own whilst Crocus are in the Iris family.


Colchicum autumnale from seed

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 12:03

Yes, best sown fresh and left to weather over theSummer and then get good and frosted in Winter. Germination is usually in Spring when the leaves on the mother bulbs come out.

They just need keeping moist and protection from rodents until they begin to grow. Patience is needed, they take about 5 years plus to reach flowering size.

Plant I-D

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:12

Also look out for any of the Silver saxifrages. They make nice low growing cushions like the Sedum and the Rosularia.

Plant I-D

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 12:39

Might I suggest that if you want similar tight growing plants, that you look for Rosularia. These are related to Sedums, but are a lot less prone to ramp.


The Sedum spath is S.s. William Pascoe. I went and found it in the garden.

Plant I-D

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 09:29

Sedum spathulifolium Cape Blanco. And there are a couple of other cultivars of this species too. S.s purpureum and S.s aureum and a very rare one called S.S.s. William Rollinson (or something like that, without going and finding the label in the garden).


What will grow in my woody area

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 21:26

Anemone nemorosa would grow there for Spring colour.

Plant Identification

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 15:25

First one is a paeony.  The next ones look like bulbs. final one could be Kerria, but that is a guess.

Strawberry Death

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 12:59

Check in the compost for Vine weevil grubs. They eat the roots of Strawberries. Otherwise it sounds like you may have over watered it in winter when it was dormant.

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