Spring Crocus 2010

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Mark McD
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More spring crocus taken between March 19-22, 2010, by far the earliest crocus season ever in my garden!

imperati suaveolens - side view
imperati suaveolens - top view
biflorus ssp. isauricus - full flower, (the 10-petalled flower was nibbled)
angustifolius - with many seedlings, including flowering seedlings
angustifolius form from Jane McGary, with less brown veining than most
angustifolius form from Jane McGary, with etruscus 'Rosalind' behind
etruscus 'Rosalind' with sieberi 'Firefly' behind
etruscus 'Rosalind' top view, with one darker seedling at top.
malyi 'Ballerina'
sieberi 'Firefly'

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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Mostly common garden hybrids and seedlings, this was the sight today when I arrived home! I tried to take some close ups but my old camera but the autofocus tricks me. The cereals are residues from bird-feeding.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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Hoy wrote:

Mostly common garden hybrids and seedlings, this was the sight today when I arrived home! I tried to take some close ups but my old camera but the autofocus tricks me. The cereals are residues from bird-feeding.

Wow Trond, that's a lot of Crocus!  :o :o  Looks like spring is finally happening for you.  What's the identity of your Crocus 12, it's a real beauty with those violet purple goblets and white interior.  Did you plant all these, or are they self seeding?  On the Scottish Rock Garden Society forum, there are a few members that have created bulb lawns, full of crocus, snowdrops, and other spring ephemerals, for amazing spring displays.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Boland
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The precious few I had open are now buried under 4" of snow  :-[

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Hoy
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Sorry, Mark, I can't help you with a cultivar name. I know I have planted both siberii and biflorus in that area. Most of the plants are seedlings (of vernus and tomassinianus and different hybrids). My lawn is a bulb lawn. I can hardly put down my feet anyplace. And you know, the spring here is a long story starting in February and ending in late May!

Todd, I am not jealous on you! Though we can have snowfall as late as April it has not been common for many years now.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Snow only as late as April?  I hate to admit it but it's the norm here to have a week or 10 days of dreadful weather in April (which is the usual determinant of whether our pear trees will produce fruit or not) with snow and overnight lows as extreme  as -15 deg C... wonder what this year will bring? 
Still, I have to say that it's in the snow in June that really hurts!  (Thankfully, it only happens every few years!)

Actually, it's a bit spooky that we have not had our usual huge dump of snow in March yet... and only a few days left to go... (I have this ominous feeling that we are tempting fate...  :o)

Crocus season is starting here with a few individuals, earlier than we've seen it before... The big clumps will be a while yet.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
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Nice start to the Crocus season Lori, they are such cheerful flowers, one never has enough of them.  May you be spared further winter-like weather misery.  It went down to 18 F (-9 C) last night, and this morning I actually touched and squeezed the blooms on crocus, and they were hard as rocks!  Later on today, it warmed up above freezing, the flowers were fine.  A dry freeze seems less damaging than a late wet wintery-mix sort of freeze.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Lori S.
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McDonough wrote:

It went down to 18 F (-9 C) last night, and this morning I actually touched and squeezed the blooms on crocus, and they were hard as rocks!  Later on today, it warmed up above freezing, the flowers were fine. 

Isn't it amazing what plants, and even flowers, can take in terms of temperature extremes?

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Three forms of Crocus malyi, my last crocus hurrah!

Observing Crocus species over the years, I believe C. malyi to be one of the very best for growing outdoors, providing a bold display of pristine white blooms that are more waetherproof than many.  This message compares C. malyi 'Sveti Roc', C. malyi 'Ballerina', and an unnamed form of C. malyi that I received from Jane McGary that looks more like the 'Ballerina' selection.

Cultivar        flower width      tube height  scent                    distinguishing characteristics
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'Sveti Roc'    5.0 cm              2-3 cm        none                    short stature, full rounded flowers, pure white
'Ballerina'      6.5 cm              4 cm          light melon scent    tall stature, brownish tube tops, long petals, outer petals with fine
                                                                                      purple line on outer tips.
McGary form  7-8 cm            5 cm          light melon scent    tallest stature, brownish tube tops, long petals, no purple lines

Photos of each are uploaded.  In the photo of the Jane McGary form, flowering size seedlings are there, and note one on the lower rigaht with rounder petals.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

What an amazing collection of crocus you have, Mark!!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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