In The Spotlights: The Crocus!
Early March, the winter coats and heaters are still on, and there they suddenly are: thecrocuses. Not afraid of the bad weather that is still to come, they decorate gardens, banks and city parks with their happy, fresh colours. Really one of my most beloved flowerbulbs, because they are reliable, thankful and most of all very pretty. Crocuses are very much appreciated: in the Netherlands, we even named a school holiday after them: the Crocus Vacation!
Especially the big-flowered crocuses, the so-called vernus crocuses, revert very well. They can make a border or simple grass field look like a carpet of flowers for years in a row.
The small-flowered crocuses, also called the chrysantus, desires a little bit more attention and a somewhat sheltered area. Can you give this to her, then she will also make you happy by coming back year after year to show you her colours. When these crocuses disappoint, my advice would be to check if mice or birds might bother them. These animals also love the chrysantus, but for a different reason: they very much like to eat them.
And last but not least there is the crocus tommasinianus, also called the farmer’s crocus. This is the earliest flower of the group, and in my experience, she is completely indestructible. She performs always great, in every area, and as a fantastic extra she also grows in amount every year, so you can admire her in an ever-growing number over the years.
A fun fact is that the crocus is a candy store to the bee. At the first nice spring day the bees fly out, they are welcomed by the crocuses. They come at them greedily to collect as much pollen as they can: the ideal nutrient to get ready for the next season.
Fourteen different options with crocuses we offer in our Fluwel web shop at the moment, with two beautiful mixtures underneath them. They are truly gorgeous, so if you also want to be surprised by this pretty flowerbulb in the early spring, then please take a look at Fluwel.eu!