Crocus blooms, finally!

Though these opened at least a week later than last year, and about three weeks later than in 2013 and 2012, finally … we have crocus blooms!

If I had posted photos of these crocus flowers yesterday, you might have thought it an April Fool’s joke.

Crocus tommasinianus 'Ruby Giant'

Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’

No joke. They are real and really are in bloom. Crocus tommasinianus, aka ‘tommies’, are the only variety of crocus not devoured by the voles that frequent my gardens. If you have voles, these are the crocus to plant.

Crocus tommasinianus 'Barr's Purple' on the right, 'Ruby Giant' on the left

Crocus tommasinianus ‘Barr’s Purple’ on the right, ‘Ruby Giant’ on the left

Over most of my landscape snow still reigns; releasing its hold ever so slowly during day time temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s. But spring is popping in the warmer areas near the house and walkways. It could not be more welcome.

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3 comments for “Crocus blooms, finally!

  1. April 2, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    So happy for you! I just got my first blooms today. The tommies are still buried, these crocuses are C. korolkowii which blooms earlier than the typical early-blooming mixes sold by bulb suppliers. I have problems with voles myself, so I surrounded each corm with chicken grit when I planted it. It’s been working so far, and there are vole tunnels nearby.

    • April 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Kathy, Hope your chicken grit continues to help. I opted not to try that tactic since, at one point, voles undermined portions of our paver block walkway which has a stone dust base (basically grit) that didn’t deter the voles at all. So far, tommies are the one crocus variety I can grow without encasing bulbs in hardware cloth … an extra step i want to avoid.

  2. April 6, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I don’t have any crocus planted at this time but I should make a note to myself for when I eventually do this. We have meadow mice everywhere here and they are quite fond of spring bulbs. So nice to see signs of spring finally, it has certainly been one long cold winter.

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