Firefly: Second earliest blooming crocus
February 24, 2012
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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.
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.
in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons