Looking through my window right now does not entice me outside into the garden. No sooner had we got rid of storm Ciara and the aftermath when Dennis made his way over the Atlantic. It’s alright naming these storms, but people now seem to think these are the only storms we are experiencing as only the important ones get named. Let me tell you that there are many other ‘minor’ storms which batter our little island!
Last autumn I bought some new crocus bulbs: Crocus Chrysanthus ‘Blue Pearl’ and ‘Cream Beauty’ and Crocus ‘Orange Monarch’ were brought inside last weekend and that is where they are now, sadly there has been little in the way of sunshine to coax them to open.
Under the tree you will find a common large purple and yellow crocus vernus and Crocus Jeanne d’Arc that I planted in 2018, and two more new ones Crocus Sieberi tricolor and Snowbunting were planted last autumn. But I’m afraid you are going to have to wait for a photo of those as they were only just appearing mid week and there is no way I can get a photo of them. After all the rain and wind I wonder if I will get a photo of any of these this year.
So here’s a poem for you instead about the lovely crocus:
And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of Spring,
And the rose-bud breaks into pink on the climbing briar,
And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fire
Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring.
~ from: Magdalen Walks by Oscar Wilde
The crocus is often referred to as the light bulb flower because it looks like a bright light bulb until the petals unfurl into the cup shaped flower. And it is one of the earliest flowers to emerge in late winter bringing colour and cheerfulness to the garden.
As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to our host, the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’ where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world.
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