Just a little one this time.
Years ago, when we first visited East Lambrook Manor in Somerset at this time of year, I was overwhelmed by the sight of hundreds of Crocus tommasinianus spreading in the grass under a variegated Sycamore tree.I thought at the time, I would like to do that one day, without the sycamore tree, and at last that day has come.
I bought myself a couple of packets of C.tommasinianus corms and threw the corms onto the back lawn which gets a lot of sun at this time of year.
They were planted more or less where they fell.
Even though they look a bit sparse to start with, hopefully they will seed about and start spreading by themselves.
Each day recently I have been out, almost on my knees, trying to find the crocus leaves amongst the grass and moss so that I could mark where they are.
The reason was that I wanted to mark where they are was so that Neil wouldn’t run over them with the lawn mower! I have planted them in a largish circle and have just marked round the edge with small sticks.
So far they have been safe, it was raining last time he came so the grass didn’t get cut.
Next week though he must cut the grass, by then they should all be flowering, I think most of them are up now.
Such beautiful little flowers, I can’t get enough of them.
As I said, they look a bit sparse at the moment, but if they increase the same as the ones in the woodland, I should soon have plenty more. I also found a clump down by the greenhouse which I can bring up as soon as the flowers fade. They can be planted along side the others and they will almost double the numbers. Just a little project, but one that I think will put a smile on my face and make me very happy for years to come.