Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Shimmering Crocus Sea

Bright Snow Crocus blooms
burst through winter's bubble. 

Snow Crocus (Crocus tommasinianus)
comes early, as its name suggests.

A beautiful sight,
they arrive just when you
feel that winter will never end.

I happened upon this 
sea of purple in mid February, 
a feast for my color starved eyes.

Crocus tommasinianus naturalizes,
spreading by offsets and self-seeding.

I can't imagine these beauties bothering anyone,
but the small corms can be  
difficult to sift from soil once established. 

 Snow Drops (Galanthus),
another early bloomer, make a
nice companion planting.

Can spring be far behind?

To see more winter bloomers, click here.


HolleyGarden said...

I've never seen so many crocus! Absolutely gorgeous!

Chris said...

I've never seen such a display before. They made my day!

Indie said...

Wow, how beautiful! I have a hill with some of these crocus on it, but they are so small and spread out, they don't show up much yet. I can't wait until they really naturalize and fill up the area!

HELENE said...

Beautiful display! The only place I have seen crocuses in that amount is in Kew Gardens in London :-)

Alistair said...

Very beautiful, we also have a display like this just beyond the boundary of our back garden. Its on a stretch of council owned land and the unseasonal weather has it blooming earlier than usual.

Barnes said...

Beutiful pictures! This looks like it could be an answer to a problem area I have. Can anyone tell me how long these stay in bloom, if they grow well in the shade, and how well they hold up under moderate traffic? I live in central New Jersey.


Chris said...

Barnes: Snow Crocus are a bulb. They bloom for a few weeks in early spring and disappear altogether by early summer. There are some great perennials options for shady spots which will give you cover throughout the growing season. Can you tell me a bit more about the location?

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