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.
If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.
in Northern Exposure