Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Naked Ladies


Colchicum is known as autumn crocus, although a true crocus is much smaller and the amusing name for these bulbs that bloom without leaves is naked ladies.
Dark green strappy leaves appear in early spring and then in September large crocus-shaped lavender pink flowers appear and can last anywhere from 4-6 weeks depending on the weather.

Plant naked ladies amongst low growing ground covering plants for a conversation piece. It will appear that the groundcovers themselves are flowering.
One thing to remember about colchicums is that all parts of them are poisonous as they contain colchicine.  This is a drug that is used to treat gout and in plant breeding to cause changes in the chromosome count.
Colchicum 'waterlily'
I really wanted to be a mischievous student this week and just list naked ladies beside my blog name but thought I should behave and not put something suggestive.
Hopefully, I've piqued your interest to buy some naked ladies for your garden.  My 'n' word this week for Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday.



33 comments:

  1. Such pretty lavender flowers. I love them massed.

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  2. These are a new plant to me Judith and are so pretty. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Pamela

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  3. Interesting! And they are so pretty! but I guess not one of those edible flowers.

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  4. oooo....they're very pretty! I WILL look into planting these.

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  5. So pretty! It makes me totally hungary for spring!

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  6. Hi Judith,
    They are lovely! I had them at an past house, and always forget to repurchase. You have me motivated to add them to my list. I remember they were always a surprise when they popped up!
    I enjoyed your risque blog post tile :-)
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  7. Hi Judith, I think you should have been a bit more naughty – the title certainly caught attention!

    I have ONE colchicum and the poor thing flowers and then gets creamed by rain every year. I shall have to plant more to keep it company. But my narcissus are all coming up which makes me very happy!

    – g

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  8. Gorgeous blog! Naked Ladies are a new flower to me. So pretty!

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  9. "Naked Ladies" is certainly a catchy title in my blogroll. I had a chuckle, thought of the male singing group, "Bare Naked Ladies" and then read your post. The flowers are new to me; it's often an education reading your posts, Judith!

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  10. Hello.
    Oh these flowers are beautiful...and they're purple, which is a color I just love!
    Wonderful post.
    Thanks for sharing. Thanks for the nice comment too.

    No Anguish Or Pain

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  11. Very pretty colour I have some not naked crocus of a similar shade blooming in the garden at the moment.
    Clever post!

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  12. Beautiful N post. Love the crocusses.

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  13. I think you should have just gone with "naked ladies". They are gorgeous! I'd be afraid to plant them because the deer would eat them and get sick....

    I can plant lavender though because I've heard the deer won't eat it! So this spring, I am going to get a few plants and stick them in the ground and see what happens....

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  14. Wow that is very pretty flower. Beautifully naked but poisonous ^_^ My post is too way in contrast ^_^ Happy Tuesday!

    Letter N

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  15. These are very pretty. I am trying to put new things in our yard this year.

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  16. Hi Judith, Those are pretty. I used to have some naked ladies, but they don't come up anymore. I probably should get some more planted. We had 50 degrees yesterday, but today it is SNOWING!!!! ARGHHHHHHHHHHH!
    Blessings, Beth

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  17. fun post - I had no idea they were called naked ladies...HA!

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  18. Pretty blooms.
    I recently read a mystery book where it talked about naked ladies in front of one house ... hmm ... but they were referring to these plants.

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  19. Wish I looked as good as those naked ladies do!

    =)

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  20. They are pretty, in all their nakedness! LOL

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  21. Love the title, and these pretty flowers. My favorite color!

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  22. Yes, I need to plant some Naked Ladies. You have inspired me.

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  23. Those are beautiful!! I'm itching to get out and do some digging in the dirt.

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  24. They are such delicate flowers. This year we are doing some major landscaping. The low maintenance /No maintenance kind. Hubby is not well and I can't be in the sun, so I will just enjoy looking at your pretty flowers instead!~Ames

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  25. I love these little surprises. I'll never forget the first time I saw them, one fall, shortly after moving to the coast. That shot of pink in a fall landscape made me squeal the tires as I stepped on the brake and backed up.

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  26. SO pretty Judith. I love the lavender spring color.
    ~Clara

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  27. Gorgeous! It is the most beautiful "n" that I have seen:) and it would be wonderful to see these in my yard.

    Erika

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  28. Judith, these are so beautiful and I love the color! Will have to look for them.

    Have a great weekend,
    Barb

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  29. ooo, they are just beautiful. Love the color. I WANT SOME...:)

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  30. I wish I looked that beautiful naked!

    Hah!

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  31. Naked ladies are poisonous...!?!?!

    Oh... You meant the flower...

    These are really Neat and a great conversation piece as you said...

    Nifty post for the letter "N"!

    Thanks for linking.

    A+

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