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Naked lady emerging from her bath.


The Victorians called many plants rather racy names. Colcichums were one such plant. ‘Naked Ladies’ as there are no leaves and in this case a delicate pink.

The photos are 6 days apart; still not fully open but getting there.

Now she is starting to blush!

Now fully pink. At this time of year she needs a hot bath.

Lots of rain today so I hope they have not been bashed down. They stand 6-8" tall but no perfume sadly.

I really must try to identify which one this is.

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they are lovely sea, i had some at last house but cant help with name sorry, ;o)

19 Sep, 2010


Such a pretty flower, I have one somewhere in a raised bed !

19 Sep, 2010


Pretty! They don't quite survive the summer here, but fortunately, Saffron Crocus does...I just have to figure out when to give it it's first watering! Too early, and they rot. Too late, and they don't flower. Decisions, decisions....

20 Sep, 2010


They're very pretty. I grew them without soil once but when I planted them later they just died off. Maybe it wasn't such a good idea. If I try them again I'll plant them in the ground first thing.

20 Sep, 2010


They're looking good SBG. The title of the blog attracted me more. LOL. :o))

20 Sep, 2010


Lovely photos, SBG! I've some I took in the Cambridge Botanical Gardens last week. I'm going to include them in a blog in a couple of days time.

20 Sep, 2010


I have grown them in water and successfully got them to produce leaf the following spring. you must have just been unlucky Hywell.

I felt the title might be a little more interesting than just colchicums and it obviously worked Littlelegs :o)

Thanks balcony, i delete well over half of the photos I take. comes from the old film days where I used to scrutinise the negatives before wasting expensive film paper.

21 Sep, 2010


Naked ladies indeed, trust the Victorians, they were obsessed, all that covering up piano legs... Don't remind me of naked ladies at all, but something quite other as they emerge...
Pretty colour

21 Sep, 2010


They are so beautifully shaped (and coloured) - a fine present for my birthday, if only I had looked then. But these are eternal... still good today, and they bear my birthday, else I might not have seen them.

17 Nov, 2010


I've only just spotted this one Sbg and 'lady in a bath' meant a different plant to me-- you know Dicentra --also known as 'dutchmans breeches' or 'bleeding heart' well if you gently turn the heart upside down and open the petals-- there she is!

4 Dec, 2010


yes Pam, ladies in the bath are dicentra to me too, colchicums were just known as naked ladies. I was a bit cheeky with the title to 'draw' people in to the blog.
thanks for spotting this. Its nice when items are found. :o)

7 Dec, 2010


i've colchicums under the magnolia and I onced asked my french friend co come see my 'naked ladies'-- her face was a picture.....

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