New Colchicum book

Kathy Purdy via pbs
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 13:58:20 PDT
I purchased the book directly from the RHS website and I'm very happy with
it. Not written by Persson  but she is referenced frequently. It's over 500
pages and priced accordingly. I noticed many commenters at Rimmer's link
said the book was going on their Christmas wishlist, but I couldn't wait.
The authors were part of a RHS trial to sort out colchicums--including the
cultivars!--and they have renamed a few and named some that had no name.
The biggest flaw (for an American living in a cold climate) is they have no
useful concept of plant hardiness. All the garden cultivars, they assure
the reader, are hardy to -15C. That's 5F and my winters routinely get
colder than that. Yet I am successfully growing many of the cultivars
listed, so what they really mean is "at least that hardy." It's the most
expensive book I've every purchased but I have no regrets buying it,
although I still haven't gotten to the point where I can write in it. Just
too new and special.--Kathy

On Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 4:15 PM Rimmer de Vries via pbs <> wrote:

> Colchicum: The Complete Guide, by Christopher Grey-Wilson, Rod Leeds and
> Robert Rolfe.
> Rimmer
> > Jane McGary wrote:
> > 
> > Is this the long-awaited monograph by Persson? Please say it's so.
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Kathy Purdy
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