Have you noticed lovely these little crocus-like flowers popping up recently?
They’re called Colchicum, but you can see why they’re called autumn crocus. They’re also sometimes referred to rather coyly as ‘naked ladies’ because the flowers appear before the leaves.
They like to be planted in moist, but well drained soil in a sunny position.
They look lovely growing in grass, but you’ll have to wait untill the the leaves die back untill you mow the area to allow them to build up for next years’ growth.
That’s all you have to do and they’ll grow back and flower each autumn.
Make a note to plant some next July and you’ll be able to enjoy these fresh little flowers at the end of the summer.
images: Jill Anderson