Thursday, 23 February 2012

Garden Crocuses 2012

After a mixed Winter it seems Spring is here at last. Despite good intentions and weak excuses I have not managed a long walk since last November. Hopefully the pleasing sights in my garden will encourage me out again.
Just two weeks ago we were shivering with hard frosts and a covering of snow and so the crocuses (or croci) remained resolutely shut.

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In the last few days it has warmed up considerably, with temperatures up 20° on what they were. The crocuses have now obediently blossomed forth.

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Not just the flowers but the bees have been tempted out too; this large bumblebee was much too heavy for the delicate flowers.

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Another smaller species fared better on the flowers. There was also my first butterfly sighting of the year, a Tortoiseshell - no picture alas.

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Sometimes it is the colour that overpowers.

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At other times it is the interplay of bright sunshine and shade that stuns (and another bee, they really were active today).

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White crocuses are beautiful simple cups.

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Another hybrid crocus or sub-species has delicate blue outer covering.

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A downward view shows the perfect three-fold symmetry of the crocus flower. Lovely.

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Finally crocuses are much better planted in drifts, close together, they look much better than if planted at regular spaces. In time they multiply up well, some by budding off new corms but quite often by seed too.

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