The colchicum, or autumn crocus as it is commonly known, was a bit late this year – it only began flowering in early September. In other years, it has started as early as mid-August, but those years were cold and damp.

This year, the soil remained relatively warm and dry well into September and the autumn crocus was not triggered to flower as early. There are two species generally grown: Colchicum autumnale from central and western Europe, including (very rarely) Ireland, and Colchicum speciosum from Turkey and the Caucasus region.