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.

About the Author

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.

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.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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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!