Firefly: Second earliest blooming crocus

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Crocus sieberi atticus 'Firefly'

These Firefly crocus were peeking out this past Thursday

I had another opportunity to visit my old garden, and was surprised and pleased to find a different crocus blooming in a new spot. I am pretty sure I received the original corms of Crocus sieberi atticus ‘Firefly’ as a bonus gift included with a bulb order. It is not an uncommon crocus.

Once again, micro-climates come into play. This was planted in the peony bed, which is a south-facing slope. And since this bed is usually well-weeded but not mulched, the dark earth readily absorbs the sun’s heat. It is a small miracle that the voles haven’t eaten them, as this is the same bed where I lost 150 species tulips. (It still stings. It was going to be so pretty.)

Previous to this weirdly mild winter, the earliest a crocus has ever bloomed for me has been March.

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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.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Dee February 26, 2012, 9:45 am

Lovely to see that beauty. Spring is beginning to sing its old song again.~~Dee

gail February 24, 2012, 9:03 pm

Love these little sieberi crocuses. They are so pretty.

Dirty Girl Gardening February 24, 2012, 7:08 pm

the rebirth of spring is apparent….the purple crocus are amazing!