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FROM: Weekend, 15 September 2018

Gardening — Monty Don

Monty’s plant of the week


MEADOW SAFFRON

The tall, crocus-like blooms of Colchicum autumnale will be appearing now without any foliage. The leaves grow in April then die back completely in summer before the flowers appear at this time of year. When the bulbs are grown in grass its nakedness is hidden and, more importantly, supported. But colchicums grown in bare soil beneath a tree or shrub, where they can look superb, are easily battered by wind and rain. ‘Album’ (pictured), which is big and pure white, lasts particularly well and does not succumb to wet weather as readily as other colchicums.