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richard.spicer.7906

St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Colchicum autumnale 'Album'

  • Season Icon Early AutumnEarly Autumn 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

Now that didn’t take long 😃 - you can see why you have to buy them quickly at the right window in the season. These colchicum bulbs were planted just over two weeks ago. First flowers already coming through 👍🏼 #colchicum-autumnale #colchicum #colchicumautumnalealbum #meadowsaffron

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suerichards

That’s amazing 😉

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rachelbrooks

Cor! Instant gardening! 👍🏼

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pelly

Gorgeous Rich, I managed to get some at the Harrogate show a couple of weeks ago, but they were ready made so to speak and flowering 💕💕

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joanboston

At the garden centre today the colchicum bulbs were flowering in the packets!

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  • Season Icon Late SummerLate Summer 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

First of my autumn bulbs planted - I’m trying a few colchicums, the window for buying them is quite small so if you want to try them you best get them soon and plant them immediately as they will quickly flower. I’ve read they flower before leaves and roots form so I’m not going to water these in and will just let the natural rain get to them. I’ve planted in a well drained fertile soil mixed with a bit of compost #colchicum #colchicum-autumnale #colchicumautumnalealbum #meadowsaffron #bulb

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lexijane

That’ll be interesting to see what happens Rich 😃

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ublaszko

Yes, Monty said in GW 2 weeks ago that colchicum bulbs should be bought within the next week to get the flowers this year. 👍👍

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joanboston

One of mine is just breaking the surface, no sign of the other yet. You literally just get flowers no leaves at all. The leaves come in spring and are quite messy but worth it. Good luck Richard!

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joanboston

Mine are just in the ground

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pelly

I really need to do just that, they are on my wish list but I've not got round to actually buying them 🙄🙄

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jpea

I've just planted my 1st ones too 50 Allium Moly

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richard.spicer.7906

Hope so Lexi - I’d also bought one in spring while in leaf but never saw it flower so will be delighted to see all of them in flower @lexijane

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richard.spicer.7906

They had some bulbs on the stand at the Wisley flower show last week that were already sprouting before they had even been planted. I don’t think they they hang about when they are ready 😊 @ublaszko

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richard.spicer.7906

That’s what I heard too Joan - and apparently the leaves are a magnet for slugs and snails. I’m trying them in pots this year as where I’d like to plant them is not ready yet and so I can hide the pot for a while after the flowers have faded @joanboston

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richard.spicer.7906

It’s always the way Jane, and easily forgotten - I don’t think the Garden Centres get many in so they usually sell quite quickly. I got mine at the Wisley flower show last week @pelly

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richard.spicer.7906

Very nice @jpea - they the Yellow ones right? I haven’t tried them before, so will have to watch yours with interest 😄👍🏼. I’ve got some others still to plant too, mostly anemones, Muscari and camassia - how about you?

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