I found out the other day that crocus don’t actually need sunshine to open their flowers wide, they just need the temperature to rise a bit. Our temperatures had been at around +4/5 C for some time, when they suddenly shot up to +13 C, such a difference.
While the temperatures were low, the flowers stayed tightly closed. It was as if they knew that there wouldn’t be any bees around to pollinate them and therefore they would stay closed to protect their pollen and nectar.
Once the temperature had risen though, in spite of it being a dull overcast day, it was another matter, the flowers opened and yes, the bees were there to take advantage of the goodies that were on offer.
I must buy some more corms next autumn, the original flowers are now seeding about, but waiting for them to get to flowering size is making me impatient, I would like more, lots more!
I also think I would like some in the back lawn near the woodland, I’m sure someone could manage to avoid chopping the leaves off after the flowers are over. Crocus tommasinianus are such cheerful little flowers, I feel another drift coming on!
The weather has changed once more since I wrote this post, we are now having freezing temperatures at night time, but wall to wall sunshine during the day. To be able to get onto the garden once more is wonderful, it is drying out remarkably quickly and I can now see all the work that needs doing – I might be gone for quite some time!