Ta-da! The first blossom of the year!

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first crocus


Here is the first flower of 2003, which opened in my garden today. It’s a crocus, not a snowdrop, which was a surprise to me. But it’s a crocus that I think got unearthed when I was planting peonies and probably wasn’t as deep as it should have been. Now you’re going to ask me what variety it is. Well, it’s definitely not a Dutch crocus, but the smaller, earlier kind–some catalogs call them snow crocus. And I think it’s Princes Beatrix, but I couldn’t swear to it.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Keith March 24, 2003, 2:13 pm

And on my birthday, too. 🙂

erica March 19, 2003, 11:00 pm

yay! and just in time for the ‘official’ beginning of spring, too.