Day 53: crocus

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Snowdrops are terribly tasteful, and hellebores rather majestic. But crocuses are pure fun – your short, fat, funny friend who won’t take no for an answer and drags you out to get a skinful when you’re in danger of taking yourself too seriously. Rely on the crocus to make an appearance on the first unseasonably warm, sunny day towards the end of winter – a perfect goblet of delight with six petals in vivid yellow, violet, or pure white, surrounding the deep yellow stigma and stamens within. Plant in turf in generous number, and give a wide berth with the mower.

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