Despite several days of steady snow here in Vancouver, the flowers are stubbornly pressing on towards Spring. Earlier in the winter a cold snap sent all the leaves into retreat, but this late in the winter the plants simply won’t be discouraged. Everywhere I look, peeking through the snow are little green shoots that are defying the weather
and just growing anyhow! One of the cheeriest plants of early spring is the crocus… they come in waves of colour, with different varieties blooming at slightly different times. Generally speaking the smaller and simpler the blossom, the more likely the plant is to bloom on the early side, and to naturalize easily in the garden.
The larger blossoms are usually hybrids that bloom a little later. (It takes longer to finish making the big flowers!) There’s even a warm lilac one, Crocus Sativus that blooms in the Autumn, and gives us delicately delicious Saffron. When I moved into one of my past gardens I had forgotten completely about this variety.
All Spring and Summer I couldn’t imagine what these lush tufts of green, swordlike leaves were, and why they didn’t set any kind of bloom. Finally, the first Autumn the leaves died down and the cool pink blossoms burst forth, solving the mystery with panache. The flowers truly do crash out of the earth, practically overnight.
A perennial grown from corms, Crocus come in all the colours of this bracelet- from creamy, buttery tones to rich yolk yellows and all sorts of purples… and they are such a delight – so I thought I’d name today’s bracelet for them to give me an excuse to chat about them here. If you’ve missed the chance to plant ahead, pick up a pot in bloom and just pop them in the garden after they finish blooming. They’ll come back and happily bloom for you again next year.
Today’s bracelet is made up entirely from Tartooful current stock, and all the uniques are now individually photographed in our online shop, Tartoofultoo. (Don’t miss our very last Glowing Pansy!). I’ll be adding more items over the next couple of days, so do stay tuned.