I know, I talked about crocuses two posts ago, but there’s not much happening in the garden this time of year. And when these small bulbs do happen, you’ve really got to celebrate them.
My Dutch crocus have had a pretty hard time of it, as I explained elsewhere, but despite that, they’re doing OK. (Of course one can’t stop the brain leaping to – ‘yeah, but imagine how many more you’d have had if you’d managed to etc etc’. Gardening nurtures optimism (or pre-supposes it), giving me the power to delete those voices).
They’ve been in long enough now – perhaps five years – to start to see a clear difference in performance between the three different sorts that usually make up such a mix.
The previously discussed ‘Pickwick’ has remained a solitary bulb in every case.
The same for the white ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ (above)
But the straight purple – I don’t know that it has a varietal name – has in every case clumped up. The best of these clumps has produced about eight flowers. There’s clearly no self-sowing going on, which is hardly a surprise, given the stripping of the flowers by the cockies. And they’re hardly been in long enough, come to think of it.
Any ideas as to why? Anyone shared this experience?
I know, when I go to buy more, which one I’ll be buying!