late summer bulbs

On an afternoon stroll around the estate I found very little in bloom, which is to be expected in weather like this, but I also noticed that the late summer bulbs have begun to flower.

Colchicum ‘Zephyr’

I think this is Cyclamen cilicium. It keys out that way, but I didn’t plant it; the ants did. Normally I would expect to see some leaves at the same time, but maybe I haven’t been paying enough attention. The flowers are scented. Typically in flower until Christmas.

Cyclamen cilicium

Cyclamen fatrense has been blooming for several weeks, but not like this.

Cyclamen fatrense

The white form of Cyclamen hederifolium; I was afraid that the tubers, the tops of which are barely below the soil surface, if even that, had been crushed when the garden on the north side of the house got trampled during the installation of the fence. The tuber is on the lower left, not visible, but another flower stalk is, with its white bud.

Cyclamen hederifolium ‘Album’

P.S. I went back outside to move the sprinkler and realized I’d forgotten about Oenothera longissima. The picture is fuzzy; it’s hard for arthritic fingers to hold the Coolpix steady, and stumbling around in the dark with the tripod didn’t sound like much fun. (Because it isn’t.)

Oenothera longissima

The sky at 8 p.m.

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2 Responses to late summer bulbs

  1. What a simply stunning image of a stunning plant of Cyclamen cilicium: I am consumed with admiration, envy and amazement in equal quantities! My purpurascens and hederifoliums are all that are blooming so far…and Colchicum (Merendera) pyreneica…

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