The other day we had one of those rare days that suits crocus. I sometimes wonder if they are worth the effort really because, although I love them, the weather is rarely kind to them and they either fail to open because the weather is too cold, or get flattened by wind or rain, or get nibbled by slugs. And that is without mentioning the way that rodents like the corms and shoots and that naughty sparrows often decide they want to shred yellow crocus as they open.
I planted pots of Dutch crocus last autumn and most are in grass where, to be frank, they look a bit odd. I prefer the smaller crocus for planting in grass but thought I would add some bigger crocus too. Of the several purple/blue/lilac cultivars I planted, for some reason the ‘Victor Hugo’ are by far the earliest and they have just started to open. Very dark purple, glossy buds were finally coaxed open by the sun on Wednesday and it was warm enough to wake up some bumblebees that headed for some pots that are planted with these crocus, narcissus and violas. It was a welcome taste of what is (hopefully) to come.