Its cold still out in the garden, but things are stirring there too. As the days slowly lengthen, plants sense it and take their place in the annual sequence of bud-break and flower as in time, their turn comes.
Eagerly away is the first of our crocus, the wonderful Crocus tommasinianus. Sometimes known as ‘snow crocus’ for their earliness, or simply nicknamed ‘Tommies’, they carpet the grass in sheets of colour across our riverside lawns.
Individual flowers are held high on slender stems, tissue thin petals an iridescent, cobalt lavender surrounding contrasting orange anthers. When warmed by spring sunshine, they are a favorite destination for bees, eager for fresh pollen after their long winter’s rest.
They look wonderfully natural in huge drifts across short turf, and where happy self-seed easily and spread freely, an exciting opener for spring....