27 February 2009

Crocuses Never Croaked

The first signs of spring have popped up. After the house was purchased 20 years ago, these species crocuses (Crocus chrysanthus) were found growing along the walk-out basement foundation, near the east-facing basement door. Sometimes called Snow Crocus, these have consistently bloomed every year with no attention or care.

Late fall, a new raised deck off the first floor was constructed over this area. Construction debris was left about throughout the winter, and only the early morning sun penetrated into this area. But the crocuses came back, diligently poking through the pieces of wood and straining to bloom again in a newly- shaded spot. I believe this is finally the year to move them. A new location must be found where they can be better-appreciated in early spring, and where they can enjoy the early spring sun and thrive.

Years ago, hybrid Dutch crocuses were planted. These had larger flowers, bloomed later, and came in more variety of colors than the species crocuses. However, these hybrids did not multiply much, and the plants and blooms shrunk more and bloomed less each year.

For The Record:
  • Heavy compacted soil
  • Partial sun, now mostly shade
  • No fertilizer

Garden Calendar:
  • Blooming: species crocus


Hocking Hills Gardener said...
They are a feisty little flower.
Would be bad if the crocus croaked :)
Jim/ArtofGardening said...
A transplant from New York's Southern Tier? Where from? I'm from Binghamton, though I don't admit that to too many.
Sue said...
My crocus now has snow on it!
Swimray said...
I grew up and graduated from Johnson City HS.
Jim/ArtofGardening said...
I, myself, am an '80 graduate of Chenango Valley. Grew up on the east side of Binghamton, one hill over from State Hospital (now called the Greater Binghamton Health Center). Came here to Buffalo to college and never looked back. I'm only there for holidays and family functions now. I miss the hills.
Northern Shade said...
The crocus are very pretty, and you have to love a plant that overcomes adversity. I adore the translucent quality of crocus petals. The effect of light shining through the petals is magical, and the colours are perfect for spring.