Friday’s Flower

Crocus

The crocuses bloom again,

The silken violet reaches from the green,

Nestling its golden yellow smile for the sun.

Night is over!

The last of winter’s fingers fade,

And beneath the budding blossom shade,

The crocuses bloom again.

Ms. Amendable

Oh, what a sight for winter weary eyes!  The crocuses are blooming again!  What a late winter delight!

The blooming of the cheery crocus signals the ending of the winter, with it’s blooms gently ushering in the Spring.

Yes, I know winter is not done with us yet-a winter storm warming has been issued for tonight and tomorrow, calling for snow, and winter driving cautions.  This is hard to believe with this sunny day and temperatures in the low 50’s, but with March weather anything is possible!

But when the crocus are blooming, we can handle a snow storm yet again, knowing that underneath the snow the blooms are waiting to rise again.  Spring is on the way!

These crocus are growing in the flower beds lining the front walkway to the house, and are such a cheery welcome to all who come up the walk.  Every year, when they are blooming,  I say that I will plant many more come the fall, but somehow it never happens-I am weary of gardening by then, and ready to call it quits!

About Crocus

  • Crocus are members of the Iris family, and grow from small bulbs, or corms.  The corms should be planted 3-4 inches deep, with the pointy end up.
  • Crocus are hardy from zone 3-8.
  • Crocus grow best in full sun, though some will take some shade.
  • Crocus like well-drained, loamy soil.
  • Crocus are a low-growing flower, only growing 2-4 inches high.
  • Crocuses have grass like leaves, and will spread out to make an ever spreading clump.  They naturalize beautifully and can be grown in the lawn.
  • The crocus flowers open to the sun and close up on cloudy days.
  • Crocus colors are blue, orange, pink, purple, white, yellow and striped.
  • Crocus are not much bothered by deer, squirrels and rabbits
  • Crocus are long lived
  • Plant crocus in the fall, before the ground freezes, from September to October
  • Crocus are the first flower to bloom, blooming in late winter and early spring.  They will bloom through the snow.
  • It is good to grow crocus in amongst, or in front of perennials-the emerging perennials will grow to cover up the brown and dying foliage.  The foliage should not be cut back until it is dead.

Crocus

Purple crocus smiles-

It’s greeting gives me hope-

Spring will soon be here.

Carol Shelton

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Hebrews 11:6

He that cometh to God must believe

that He is, and that He is a rewarder of

them that diligently seek him.