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RickR
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Great photography, Todd!  (And the plant, too.)

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Lori S.
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A few colchicums are starting to show here too.  I believe these are all C. autumnale or the hybrid(?) cultivar, 'The Giant'.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Boland
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'The Giant' is considered a selection or possible hybrid of Colchicum speciosum.  Mine are just breaking the surface.  C.autumnale typically has rather small flowers compared to many colchicums.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Hoy
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You said it, Todd, floppy they are! With low sun and a couple of heavy rain showers the flowers can't stand by themselves. I have several heaps like this!
Colchicum speciosum 'The Giant' *  and  C. autumnale 'Album' (I think that's the name.) * Correction: 'Lilac Wonder'

Other plants that can't stand by themselves do it another way! Lonicera periclymenum in aspen.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Trond, your floppy pink colchicum is 'Lilac Wonder'...I have that floppy son of a so and so myself..I keep meaning to toss them out!  C. speciosum and its selections always has nice stiff stems and stands well even with wind and rain.  Here are the ones at work.  They should be open tomorrow if we get any sun.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Hoy
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Todd wrote:

Trond, your floppy pink colchicum is 'Lilac Wonder'...I have that floppy son of a so and so myself..I keep meaning to toss them out!  C. speciosum and its selections always has nice stiff stems and stands well even with wind and rain.  Here are the ones at work.  They should be open tomorrow if we get any sun.

Yes, thanks Todd. When you say I remember the name. I had mixed it with some other plants.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Hoy
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Here are some standing upright!
This is the bluest crocus I've ever seen be it spring flowering or fall flowering. I believe it is Crocus niveus blue form* from Janis Ruksans.
* Certainly not niveus but a form of speciosus.
Anyway, they still are the bluest that I have!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Hoy
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This is Colchicum speciosum, I suppose.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Booker
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Hi Trond,
I took this image of a lovely stand of Colchicum speciosum in a Midlands garden yesterday before presenting a lecture to the Alpine Garden Society Warwickshire Group last evening.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

Hoy
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Hello Cliff!
A nice bunch! The plants you (and Todd) show however, are not exactly like mine. The colors differ both on the "stem" and the tepals, but maybe it is only different clones. Mine come without a name from friends.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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