Autumn bulbs

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Hoy
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Toole wrote:

Nice autumnal 19c here today.

Cheers Dave.

19C? I would say summer!
Nice flowers ayway.

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

Boland
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19 C...I'm lucky to see that in summer let alone autumn.

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

WimB
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The first of the autumn bulbs are starting to flower:

Colchicum agrippinum
Colchicum 'Glory of Heemstede'
(= Colchicum 'Conquest')
Colchicum byzantinum
Colchicum bivonae 'Vesta'
Colchicum tenorii
Colchicum bivonae 'Apollo'

and Crocus kotschyanus

Wim Boens
Wingene Belgium zone 8a

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And a couple more,

Crocus kotschyanus (some more in flower)
Colchicum autumnale 'Nancy Lindsay'
Colchicum byzantinum 'Album'
Colchicum laetum
Colchicum 'Lilac Wonder'
Colchicum speciosum 'Album'

Wim Boens
Wingene Belgium zone 8a

RickR
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Wim, I don't know about the "autumn bulbs just beginning" statement: there sure seems to be a lot of them! And they sure are beautiful! 

Especially since you have so many colchicum to compare, can you rate them for flower "stem" strength?  (Is it really a stem, or is it a long perianth tube?)

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

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RickR wrote:

Wim, I don't know about the "autumn bulbs just beginning" statement: there sure seems to be a lot of them!

;D ;D When they start, they all come at once...

RickR wrote:

Especially since you have so many colchicum to compare, can you rate them for flower "stem" strength?  (Is it really a stem, or is it a long perianth tube?)

Rick, it's a perianth tube. They all seem to be quite sturdy...after the flower starts to wither (after a couple of days) they collapse. When there's a lot of rain, the flowers fade a lot quicker. But that's not really a problem, most of the time one bulb gives up to 10 or 15 successive flowers.

We had three days of rain and storm before I took the pictures which are published here and the flowers were already up during those days. As you can see that doesn't influence them a lot.

I wouldn't know how they perform in a very windy place though since most of them are protected from the wind. Maybe it would be best to look for the cultivars/species which flower close to the ground, like C. agrippinum or C. 'Waterlily', when you want to plant them in the open.

Wim Boens
Wingene Belgium zone 8a

Michael J Campbell
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Zephyranthes candida
Oxalis lobata (perdicaria)?

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

http://www.facebook.com/michael.j.campbell.395

Lewisias, alpines ,South African bulbs
http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/michaelJcampbell63

Mark McD
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Michael, both are delectable.  Wim, loved all the Colchicum too.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Tony Willis
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Some cyclamen mirable in flower at the moment

RickR
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The leaf markings are fantastic on Cyclamen mirable! 

The feather-edged petals aren't too shabby either...

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

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