Although these wild species plants have very small flowers, the various wild species of bees absolutely love them and that has to be good.
Elegant dahlias are still going strong.
It's been a fantastic summer for them.
The bumblebees love this 'purple' one.
Reason enough to keep it for next year.
I think Colchicums are one of the most under-appreciated fall flowers. I have several species; some start early, others are bridge flowers coming later and linking the early ones to the last flowering varieties. The result is many weeks of bright happy flowers. The catch? Their leaves arrive in the spring and resemble daylilies. They are large and green; they make and store energy in order to produce those fantastic autumn flowers. People tend to lose patience with the large green leaves and cut them off but that is counterproductive, isn't it. Can you identify the differences in the following species. (There are three species now, more later.)