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?