Blooming When Nothing Else Does
I’ve been looking for flowers that bloom in autumn when nothing else will bloom. I’m just trying to give our garden some color and the bees a late snack on any day that is warm enough for them to come out of their hives. Not that many plants bloom at this time of year even the Goldenrod have already faded.
After some searching, I found Waterlily Colchicum and Fall White Crocus and planted them in late September. Saffron also blooms in autumn but somehow they have not produced flowers this year. I harvested some Saffron last year but this year there are plenty of leaves but no flowers. Hopefully some will produce some flowers before it gets too cold.
I actually encountered the Waterlily Colchicum for the first time a couple of years ago at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden when I attended the Chili Festival. It was a love at first sight. There was a large patch of them blooming but I didn’t know what they were until I found them in a plant catalog. Here they are, a beautiful pink water lily look alike on dry land.
It’s nice to see colors in autumn that are not orange, yellow or red. Hopefully there will be more of them next autumn.