Thursday, 28 February 2013

Crocuses in the Van.

The first crocuses are flowering today. There’s one in my garden and another on the verge down the lane. Although a few straggly primroses make an attempt to show themselves early, it’s always the crocuses that provide the first vibrant colour after the white of winter snowdrops.

Both crocuses are deep yellow, which seems entirely right since the spice saffron comes from the crocus family. And although the saffron crocus is an autumn flowering perennial, doesn’t the brave little flower at the head of spring’s vanguard deserve to bear the colour of its more august cousin?

6 comments:

Sara said...

We always see yellow and purple crocuses first. Then, around mid-March to early April, up pop the white ones with edible bulbs. I like to go 'round the yard and dig up enough for a meal or two. Spring is our short window of wild abundance. Everything dries up and dies during the summer, unfortunately, along with a little piece of my soul.

That may be melodramatic, but I'm brought down by "Summer Blues" much more than Winter Blues.

JJ Beazley said...

I suppose there's something to be said for living in a temperate climate with its six months of vibrant growth.

But don't you spend the summer carousing with the nice north European tourists?

Sara said...

There certainly is.

Me? Carouse? I don't do that. My favorite form of summer entertainment is lying on the balcony at night and watching for UFOs.

JJ Beazley said...

Mine is listening to birdsong during the day, and watching the bats fly at dusk.

Sara said...

Very fitting.

JJ Beazley said...

And flitting.

Do you get European robins in Turkey? They seem to talk to each other in a highly complex and melodic 'language.' It's quite breathtaking if you listen long enough. The thrush species are definitely the best singers.