Monday 3 March 2014

A perfect day for crocuses

The expanded, receptive (and pollinated) stigma of Crocus vernus

A large-flowered, nicely marked C. vernus selection (owner of the stigma above)

Crocus vernus 'Purpureus Grandiflorus' is the classic big purple crocus - a magnificent beast 

Janis Ruksans' selection 'Yalta', possibly a hybrid of C. vernus and C. tommasinianus

A nicely striped hybrid of C. vernus and C. tommasinianus.

Another hybrid - my selection 'Pieta', named for its marbly white exterior.

Most of the C. tommasinianus are on the wane now, but this  pink selection is still looking good.

Crocus malyi: the brown tube makes a nice contrast with the white segments

Cheap and very cheerful, sold as C. sieberi but probably really C. atticus; 'Tricolor' and 'Firefly'

Crocus chrysanthus 'Romance' - a lovely soft yellow.

For many, the colour of spring: Crocus 'Golden Yellow' has been a garden stalwart since the Seventeenth Century.

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