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Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale)

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Comments (19)

Marilyn Whiteley on September 21, 2008

I have a confession to make. A number of years ago, in the spring, I observe some rather coarse foliage at the edge of our yard. I thought, "That's not doing anything!" and I dug up the bulbs and put them in the compost pile.

That autumn, walking past the compose pile, I discovered that the poor things blooming! I salvaged what I could, and replanted them. They seem to have forgiven me their maltreatment. Every spring they produce leaves which then die back--and every fall, without benefit of leaves, they bloom! That's just what autumn crocuses do.

Roland Dittl on September 22, 2008
Marilyn Whiteley on September 22, 2008

Thank you for the link, Roland. Isn't it interesting how photos of the same kind of flower can have such very different moods depending partly on the angle but mostly on the light!!

Cheers, Marilyn

Richard Ryer on September 22, 2008

Greeting Marilyn, I would have only thought of spring crocus. Never imagined a fall blooming bulb. Very pretty little guys.



lavieorange on September 24, 2008

A bouquet of thoughts offered by these crocus, Thank you for that. A beautiful shot also !

Marilyn Whiteley on September 25, 2008

Thank you, Rich, lavieorange, and Irene.

They must be tasty, Irene, because I also saw some gnawed-on petals! Fortunately that wasn't evident in the view that best captured the light.

Cheers, Marilyn

Nawitka on September 26, 2008

Marilyn, I love these too. A long time ago a house was knocked down in our neighborhood. After the dozer had flattened everything and leveled the lot, in the scraped dirt I found hundreds of bulbs. I had no idea what they were, except I could tell they were not daffs; but the house was old and I thought they had be to something nice! I saved them (stole them, I guess) and planted them expecting a few crocus in the spring, but they turned out to be these, and they bloomed within a few months of my planting!

Colchicum are poisonous (to mammals at least), so whatever rat chewed on yours probably has a tummy ache!

Marilyn Whiteley on September 26, 2008

A very worthwhile "appropriation"! Thanks for your story.

Ianw Stokes on September 30, 2008

Nice to see the crocuses at this time of year. We only have the springtime variety that arrive with the snowdrops, we have a few months to wait yet.

Marilyn Whiteley on September 30, 2008

I didn't know about them until a few years ago, Ian. They are a lovely addition to the garden, much more delicate than so many bright, colourful autumn flowers.

Marilyn Whiteley on October 5, 2008

Thank you, blai. I learn, I learn!!

Margrit M. Berger (S… on October 6, 2008

Marilyn, lovely composition of those two groups of autumn crocus! When they are here, we know it's autumn. I saw my first ones a month ago in the Grison mountains.

My best wishes, May

Marilyn Whiteley on October 8, 2008

Thank you, May, for your comment. They are a lovely, gentle sign of autumn, aren't they?

Best wishes, Marilyn

Valerie on January 17, 2009

I love flowers Marilyn and I want to thank you for this little gift to my spirit....:))

Best Greetings,Valeria

Marilyn Whiteley on January 21, 2009

It delights me that you have enjoyed this photo, Valeria. Best wishes, Marilyn

Francisco “Francisco… on October 18, 2009

Beautiful image . Nice flowers.

Greetings, Francisco

Mahdi Kalhor on October 19, 2009

It is named Gol e Hasrat in persian.

I like it.

Thanks for your link.

Well done shot.

Kind regards to you,


Marilyn Whiteley on October 21, 2009

Thank you, Francisco and Mahdi, for your comments, and greetings from Canada. Marilyn

Amelia Royan on October 21, 2009

This, Marilyn, is one that I have just got to reply to! For sheer simplicity and beautiful "nakedness", these autumn crocus take a lot of beating. I missed mine in the UK this year, they were finished when I got home last weekend, so this one is going into my favourites gallery as compensation. Thank you Marilyn :)

Greetings, Amelia

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  • Uploaded on September 21, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/09/20 15:27:31
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 4.68mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -0.70 EV
    • No flash