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.
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.
in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013