Continuing the theme Saturday, Apr 2 2016 

from the other day:

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I am going to figure out how to make crocus work in a naturalistic fashion, someday! These are a species crocus with a fairly good, saturated color planted in a tall grass section of the lawn. The deeper color is more effective against the light background of the dead grass than the paler pastels. (pure white also works)  Now, if I can get past the vole issue….

It’s back! Friday, Apr 3 2015 

I think something ate a fair number, but there are definitely some. And it is early yet. Further observations from last year show that they do send up multiple flowers and are fragrant. They also appear to be able to multiply (a skunk dug up a corm and I noticed that it had several small corms (cormlets??) splitting off.

Your photo for the day Friday, Apr 18 2014 

Well two, actually. The old horse and the new crocus fence line.  This was taken seven days ago, the crocus are essentially gone now and the field is bright green.

(p.s., I’m running Opera as a browser, if this page loads oddly or slowly tell me, I don’t know how well it is playing with photos yet)



Crocus angustifolius Monday, Apr 14 2014 

Alright, I’ll admit it. I have officially crossed the line and become a plant nerd.  I have a certain fascination with crocus at the moment.  A definite favorite right now is C. angustifolius (also known as C. susianus), commonly referred to as ‘Cloth of Gold’.  Native to Crimea and the northern Black Sea coast, it favors grasslands that are dry in the summer.  I figured I’d give it a shot in the tall grass of the northwest lawn under the white birches.  It certainly didn’t object to the winter, since either I can’t count or each corm was willing to send up multiple flowers.  It is supposedly fragrant, but I haven’t stuck my nose into a flower to find out.  A bright yellow crocus with a distinct star shape from above, more like some of the species tulips, rather than the classic cup of a Dutch crocus.  It may be more sensitive to sunlight than others (all crocus close at night or on cloudy days) since in my brief observation of a few days it is only completely open on bright mornings (the photos below were taken in a clear, late afternoon and the flowers had already noticeably closed).  It is a brilliant yellow with the outside feathered in what can only be described as royal purple.  Whether it is the name, the color, the shape, or its original location….I am always reminded of classical myths surrounding the Black Sea, primarily of course Jason and the Argonauts, but also other suggestions of a harsh land of great wealth and beauty.


Crocus Monday, Apr 7 2014 

(the only thing blooming at the moment here, but doing quite well indeed)


Finally Wednesday, Mar 26 2014 

It is trying to snow right now, but a few crocus by the foundation did bloom yesterday.  I didn’t get a chance to take their photo, so this one from two years ago (and some twenty days earlier on the calendar) will be a stand in. ‘Snow Bunting’ is an appropriate name.


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