Spears and Pruninghooks

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When I first rambled in the garden today, after our routine Sunday breakfast of porridge, the sun already bright and the skies cloudless blue despite the earlyish chill. The garden was teeming with life, joyfully welcoming the heart and soul warming sunshine – the birds catching up on the latest gossip and the plants breathing in the blessedness of the early spring day. I soon decided what I would be featuring on the blog today – the thin spears of crocus pushing their way through the grass near the stream. I did briefly wonder if I ought to take my photos then and there, recalling a post last year (early in the life of this blog), when I observed that crocus only seem to open in the warmth of the sun, and knowing that today would get warmer as the hours wore on. Indeed, when I took the photo, two or three hours later, the sun had already wreaked its work and the crocus were no longer standing to attention like an army of soldiers with their spears ready for battle, but unfolding their petals in a plea for peace.

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7 Responses to Spears and Pruninghooks

  1. Are those Crocus tommasinianus? I am very impatient for my own to arise out of the frozen earth.

    • Cathy says:

      I had to check back in the catalogue I buy my bulbs from as I don’t label things planted in bulk, but I am pretty sure they are tommasinianus ‘Barr’s Purple’. I will definitely buy more this year and am just waiting to see where the remaining ones come up after having been disturbed last year. Until they appear you forget how lovely they are, although you presumably don’t, as you are waiting impatiently for yours! Mine are a bit earlier this year as last year the photo I used in my blog was taken on March 8th. When will you expect yours?

  2. Holleygarden says:

    I love that picture! “Spearing” the soil to get out of the earth is exactly how they look! I like the way you compare them to an army.

  3. Pauline says:

    Lovely ” tommies”, the sun this last weekend has made them all open up and they look wonderful. Mine are gently seeding around, but not quickly enough, must buy loads more in the autumn to put in all the sunny spots in the woodland.

    • Cathy says:

      I hadn’t realised Crocus tommasinianus were such a favourite until they were mentioned so often by bloggers – I think I was just taken with the description ‘amethyst-violet, lilac to white base’ of these ‘Barr’s Purple’ in Peter Nyssen’s catalogue. I will definitely be buying more. – £6 for 100, can’t go wrong with that!

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