Northern Exposure

Triumphs and failures on a window ledge.

Sneaky spring March 2, 2009

Filed under: bulbs,Colour,Flower,Spring,Weather,Winter — northernwindowgardener @ 1:38 pm
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Crocus in bloomAs I was home for a time at the weekend I was lucky enough to see my first crocus flower in bloom. The sun was out and there it was, the pale purple petals opening up and revealing the orange stamen (I might have made these words up but I think it’s the stamen in the middle, yes? I’m pretty sure about ‘petals’!)

By afternoon as the weather had turned decidedly spring-like, i.e. hailstones and showers, the flower had mostly closed again. So it makes me think that maybe they are sneaking out during the day and closing up by the time I’m home in the evening.

Maybe all the bulbs have been playing this trick on me and really there are lots of anemone, aconite, tulip and crocus flowers during the day. It would be some explanation of where the green shoots have poked through the earth. They are in much greater clumps that I remember planting them, suggesting they either migrated a bit during winter or have been out partying and forget where they started when the daylight fades.

Oh well, it was nice to catch one of them in bloom before heading back to sneaking a look in the mornings.


2 Responses to “Sneaky spring”

  1. Flighty Says:

    You’re right about crocus opening up in the sunshine. Yes it is the orange stamen, that’s what bees and insects love.
    Today all mine were open in the sun which was good to see.

  2. Thanks – it’s a whole new vocabulary to learn!

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