You would have been forgiven for thinking it was spring October 25 and 26 in the Toronto area, with temperatures in the high ‘teens to mid twenties–especially if you noticed these delightful, fresh-faced sweethearts blooming!
Colchicum and Autumn Crocus are sweet, fall-blooming bulbs, almost identical to one another, that wait patiently until everything else fades, leaves are dropping and the gardener’s heart is sinking under the acceptance that four to six months of ice, snow and bare branches are upon us. The world has become yellow, brown and damp. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, they appear, reminding us of the heady anticipation of early spring!
Scabiosa, Butterfly Blue, “Pincushion Flower”, below, on the other hand, is a low-maintenance perennial that blooms in summer and continues to bloom as long as you deadhead it. Tougher than most other perennials, it is still making a delicate show all by itself in the fall garden, while most other things have completely given up.
Given its easy-care determination, it is no wonder this flower was the 2000 Perennial of the Year.
What visual reminders that Spring will come do you enjoy at this time of year, when things are getting soggy and grey?