The humble crocus.

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When I was young, I lived in a little white house with my sisters and parents.  There wasn’t much life growing around our home apart from a couple of pine trees, and withering old maples.  There was also a large rosebush that covered the entire expanse of the back fence…it was a thorny jungle and that image sums up the minimalist landscaping efforts – it was a wild world out there – we truly never bothered to tame it.

One sweet little memory I have was of the little flowering crocus that had some how seeded themselves into our barren front lawn.  They were small and light purple, with slender little spiked leaves that poked out at their base.  Each spring I would get excited to see them open on our yard.  To be clear here – there were never many maybe no more than 5.

Well, one year I took notice as the spikes were beginning to sprout from the thawed yard.  I was able to identify them by the slender white line that ran along the length of the centre of the leaf.  My dad too noticed the grass, particularly that it needed mowing.  He mowed over the lot of developing flowers, and I’ve not seen them since.

That is… until this weekend when Mike’s grandma was showing us a catalogue of spring bulbs that she ordered from as gifts to her daughters and son in law.  I noticed the page of crocus and my memories came flooding back.  They are such dainty beautiful little flowers.

I told her and Mike in the moment – of my memory (and naturally of dad massacring them) and thought nothing of it.

Last night – a package arrived… A brown paper bag of mixed crocus bulbs for us to plant in a container that we can pull out of the ground and replant when/if we move.  It was so thoughtful, and I’m so pleased to be able to see some sprout for us this spring.

The image above is the mix – though they look like little onions, they are so much more!

Basically this is one of the sweetest gifts I’ve ever received.  Some of the varieties that should sprout up are: Prins Claus, Cream Beauty, Sunkist, Purity and Firefly.  I think I’ll find a nice pot to plant them in and keep them close to the entrance of our house.

Do you have bulbs in your garden?  What flowers do you love seeing in spring time?

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17 thoughts on “The humble crocus.

  1. What a truly joyous memory and gift. Thank you for sharing.
    Spring bulbs and Qld don’t always do well together. Although my daughter house in Bris sits amongst the remnants of a previously much loved garden and each spring the freshias pop up in garden beds and the entire lawn. Beautiful. My garden has those hardy sub tropical survivors only…..agapanthus and hippiastrums

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    • Good morning Judy, – I had to look up hippiastrums to see what they looked like. They are gorgeous! I found fresias in the forest once near a small rural town in Western Australia – and the scent (I’d never smelled or seen them before). They were beautiful – and a total surprise. I would be so happy to see a whole yard of them – and enjoy the scent. Agapanthus are everywhere in NZ, they are like the national flower…or should be! I love blue/purple shade of the flowers and the white are equally stunning too.

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      • My mother…….a master gardener with green hands not thumbs…….hated agapanthus with a passion as they are virtually a noxious weed. They look amazing in flower but take so much effort to control the aggressive clumps that multiply like crazy in the NZ growing conditions. They are much better behaved in Queensland.

        All the best with the arrival of your wee one. 💖

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        • Hey Judy, yes – I’m starting to understand the noxious weed side of the flower here…we have a garden bed full of veggies, but had to clear out large clumps of the seedling agapanthus…. one bonus of getting them out – is harvesting (sounds odd) the worms that seem to loooove living in thier root systems. I’ve been able to collect a few and place them in our potted herbs. 🙂 Thanks for the support….just waiting it out haha. Trying to rest and yet also keep myself distracted at the same time. 🙂

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    • Bonjour! From the instructions here – they say to plant in autumn, I’m guessing it’s the same for Europe? It doesn’t get as cold in NZ though during winter… I hope you do get to plant some. I love spring in Canada for all the tulips and daffodils…seeing the trees bud and sprout flowers… it’s a magical time of year.

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  2. I love them and have lots of daffodils and grape hyacinths in a flower box near our front door then after they stop blooming I have tiger lilies in the same planter that bloom in summer and then I plant a few petunias for late summer and fall… all in all it is blooming off and on all of the warm weather months…

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    • I love that you have a floral presence at your home all year round. That’s some great garden planning – I’d love to try that out – and stagger the different varieties. At the moment I’m pondering what it is that draws women particularly to flowers…. it’s a fascinating behaviour. I know they are beautiful, but why don’t men love them just the same? I’ll be reading up on that today… ahhaah… just incase you were wondering why I’m typing my inner thoughts here. Do you post images of your flowers?

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  3. Lovely memory Holly you and your sisters would pick them and bring the treasures to me they are coming up here now as spring seems to finally be here. Yes your Dad may have mowed them down but if they got picked they never flowered again. The rose bush I found and trained it along the fence but the ministers son weed whacked it down it did come back to life. This year your Uncle Dallas and Aunt Anneka are moving and so I got to dig up several bulbs that came from your Great Grandparents place will send you pictures. Love you Gramma Aka Mom

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    • I did a quick search just now and this little piece of advice came up: “If you have crocuses growing in your lawn in mid-Spring, don’t mow until their leaves have died down” – which made me laugh. Turns out squirrels love to eat them as well. That’s great you were able to grab some bulbs from great grandma and grandads farm. Have you taken any photos of it recently? How is the house holding up? It’s been a long time since I last saw it (nearing 15 years).

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  4. What about the tulips and tiger lilies? We also had chrysanthemums along the garden with tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, onions….

    Tomato lovers heaven.

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    • Strictly speaking spring here – great that you remember the tiger lilies though I completely forgot…though they were wild as well… just chaos on the side of the house.

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  5. I want a huge flower garden since our growing season is too short. But I want lilies, and other hardy things to survive our brutal winters. Just need to find a good supplier who will ship them up here.

    I would love to have lilacs too.

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