After a long winter, pretty flowers are popping up where I planted the Crocus corms in the lawn last fall. The early crocus look even better than I anticipated. The bright petals add beautiful colour to the dull, brown grass. While most of the yard still wears neutral winter colours, the vivid crocus patch is a refreshing start to the garden. I’m very happy with the bright effect, which makes me smile every time I look out the window.
Most of these crocus are very early blooming, so the foliage should get enough energy to replenish the plants and die back naturally before the lawn needs cutting. As you can see in the photos, the lawn hasn’t even greened up yet. The Crocus chrysanthus and Crocus sieberii are the first to bloom in my garden, while Crocus x tommasinianus ‘Yalta’ flowers later. If ‘Yalta’ takes too long to die back, since there is only a small patch in the lawn, I might move them into the garden where they can flower next year with the later blooming C. vernus.
Even when the petals are folded up in the early morning or on a cold day, the flowering crocus are still decorative with the patterns on the outside of their petals even more visible. Since there were still freezing temperatures and the odd snowflake a week ago, they folded up and waited for warmer times.
Crocus chrysanthus ‘Romance’ is a particularly attractive yellow crocus. The soft yellow petals alternate with ones that have a slightly silvery sheen. The subtle variations are a nice effect, and this is now my favourite yellow crocus. These are larger than Crocus ‘Cream Beauty’, so they make a better show. ‘Romance’ is extra early, and after 7 months of snow early flowering is a very desirable trait. I highly recommend these if you are looking for an early yellow crocus.
‘Romance’ have their petals mostly folded up in this picture, showing off the alternating darker and lighter petals, and the almost silver gray tone to the lighter ones. With the flower petals upright, they look as if they were carved out of butter for a table centrepiece.
Here are the purple and white Crocus chrysanthus ‘Prins Claus’ flowering in front of ‘Romance’. These charming bulbs really glow in the sunshine. The crocus get a sunnier spot in my lawn and in the garden, as they don’t appreciate the shade and don’t open much in the shadowy areas.
Looking down from above, Crocus chrysanthus ‘Prins Claus’ have mostly white petals, but the few flowers with closed petals show the purple design on the outside.
When ‘Prins Claus are fully open they appear mostly white. With that hint of purple, these bulbs pair up well with other purple crocus, or give a hint of contrast next to yellow crocus.
The dark purple patch of colour on the outside of each petal of ‘Prins Claus’ is mostly noticeable when the petals are folded up first thing in the morning. The warmth and sunlight later on coax them to open fully.
Here are some ‘Prins Claus’ flowering in front of the purple and yellow Crocus sieberi ‘Tricolor’. You can see the silver stripes down the centre of each crocus leaf in this picture. Although those beautiful flowers get all of the attention, the grass like foliage with the zippy silver stripes is attractive, too.
Crocus sieberi subsp sublimus ‘Tricolor’ have an especially appealing colour combination. Don’t tell the other crocus, but these are my favourite of the new crocus bulbs I tried this year. The combination of a medium purple colour with the yellow ring really catches your eye, and the white band between them makes the colours stand out.
Even when the ‘Tricolor’ flowers are folded up, they are charming with their colourfully banded popsicle appearance. Here you can see how the colours really pop out with the transition between purple tops and yellow bottoms on each petal. ‘Tricolor’ has the prettiest folded colour of all of my crocus. The bulbs look especially lively against the background of the dreary grass that hasn’t come out of dormancy yet.
This shot shows the cheery colour of ‘Tricolor’ flowers when they are open. The purple colour on each ‘Tricolor’ petal intensifies at the edges. The bulbs bloom at the same time as ‘Romance’ and look good contrasting with the butter yellow Crocus ‘Romance’.
Here’s another group of ‘Tricolor’ in the grass, showing the yellow bee in the middle, and the white separation. I highly recommend these bulbs for an early pop of colour.
Crocus x tommasinianus ‘Yalta’ is the largest of the crocus in the lawn, and the last to bloom. Their two toned purple colour combination is very attractive. The petals have a longer and narrower shape than the other crocus. They are a cross between the large C. vernus and C. tommasinianus, so they bloom later and larger than the C. chrysanthus.
This photo shows off the alternating dark purple and light silvery purple petals of ‘Yalta’, which are very appealing. This is another standout, and my second favourite purple crocus after ‘tricolor’.
I didn’t plant as many of the ‘Yalta’ in the lawn, as I only found a smaller number of the bulbs. Aren’t those alternating dark and light petals good looking? Whether closed or open, the blooms are still beautiful. I’m going to plant more of them in my garden with the larger crocus next year, if I can find them in the fall.
These mislabelled white crocus are pretty, despite the fact that they were supposed to be Crocus ‘Spring Beauty’, which are a dark and light purple colour. There is no trace of purple on them, but they still look good in the lawn. I’m going to look for ‘Spring Beauty’ again next fall, as I was looking forward to them.
This combination of two mislabelled bulbs turned out quite pretty together. The smaller yellow ones were supposed to be ‘Gipsy Girl’, which are yellow with small maroon purple stripes on the outside , but there is no hint of stripe and they look more like ‘Cream Beauty’. They are short and sit quite close to the grass, barely showing any leaves.
Here’s another view of part of the bulb lawn. The whole crocus planting is about a 2 m (6 ft) by 3 m (9 ft) oval. It turned out so good, I’m going to expand it next fall with more of the early crocus. They are such a respite from the dullness of the dormant grass, old leaves, and maple keys in the lawn, and were the first flowers this year. It was easy to plant them, as I just dug up 30 cm by 30 cm (1 square foot) patches adjacent to each other in the lawn, put a group of 20 or so bulbs in, and put the sod back over top. You can see photos and read more about planting the crocus in the lawn last fall.
Despite the fact that these crocus are flowering in May in my yard, these are actually early crocus. It’s just that we had an extra long winter this year, which makes them an even more welcome sight. After many months of snow, there’s nothing like a yard full of flowering crocus to cheer you up and get the gardening season off to a good start. The bees appreciate the early flowers, too, and these have been buzzing with visitors.