Well the first crocus for this year popped out on a 53 degree day today. Although it gives the illusion of being a double crocus it’s really just double-nosed if such a descriptor can be applied to a crocus. In other words it’s two separate flowers but beautiful nonetheless. Apparently this is not unusual for the species. Rukšans in his marvelous reference ‘Buried Treasures‘ says that as many as 20 flowers can be found coming out of a single corm. I mentioned in an earlier post that you can get these little early blooming gems Augis’ Bulbs in Lithuania but they can also be obtained from Odyssey Bulbs in Massachusetts. How we missed growing this crocus all these years is beyond me.
And close by, just starting to open in the new alpine bed, is the related variety Crocus korokowii ‘Marble Tiger’ with distinct markings on the outside of the petals.
Ironically, in the greenhouse, we have star flower which almost has a similar appearance.
Another spot of yellow in the greenhouse is one of the small narcissus.
I noticed today that the first flowers are appearing on an alpine plant that I started from seed last January.
This is distinctly unimpressive thus far, though in the Dolomites it had tons of flowers covering the plants, almost like a cushion. I’ll put it outside this spring and maybe it will be more floriferous with a cold winter.
Also blooming in the greenhouse (still) is the South African Cyrtanthus that first came into bloom over a month ago. This is a winner.