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Crocus rings in the lawn

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 18 Mar 2010 at 06:55 PM


I have to admit that I am rarely happy with my own garden.  I always see the flaws, and nothing ever really turns out quite as well as I hoped.  I like to think of myself as an optimist, but in horticultural terms, I'm more of a glass-half-empty kind of girl.

But sometimes, just sometimes, things are OK.  And very occasionally I'm almost delighted.

This week was one of those rare moments. 

16 months ago I spent more hours than I care to remember on my hands and knees planting 1800 crocus bulbs to form floral fairy circles.  Last year they were a bit 'meh'.  Not only were they rather sparse, but the purple variety (Crocus 'Remembrance') came out a week or two after the white (C. 'Joan of Arc').

This year looked like it might be even worse as I could see barely a hint of crocus foliage throughout February. 

But no, despite my worries here they are, bold, bountiful, beloved by the bees and perfectly in sync. Most bulbs have increased in the last year to throw out two or three blooms each and the children are quite taken with their fairy rings.

Things can only go downhill from this point.


Miranda Hodgson said:

That's absolutely beautiful, Dawn!

Is that a bee in the flower at the front?

on 19 Mar 2010 at 01:01 PM

Dawn Isaac said:

Yes - and it was huge!  In fact, the whole ring was swarming with bees - the sound was quite deafening!

on 20 Mar 2010 at 10:11 AM