An autumn flower I always forget

I’d briefly wondered if the autumn crocus would appear this year in view of the encroaching Pulmonaria which had self-seeded by the Ribston Pippin apple tree. In truth, I’d thought the crocus rather weak, even though beautiful. So, a little sad though I felt at the prospect of its disappearance, I shrugged it off.

Then suddenly today there was a bright pink flower peeping out amongst the greenery. The autumn crocus has not disappeared but is in fact better than before.

It would be nice if it spread but after at least five years in the ground, it’s not going to happen, is it? Perhaps crocuses don’t spread anyway. I just hope that the ones in the front garden make an appearance next spring, after being planted at the beginning of this year.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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4 Responses to An autumn flower I always forget

  1. Hello Helen, I hope you are doing well. I have seen our crocus for years. I don’t think the squirrels eat them (they do eat tulip bulbs), but reading your post reminds me that it’s been awhile. I’m so glad you are still enjoying your garden.

    • Helen says:

      Something has been eating my tulip bulbs as well! Or certainly the half-eaten bulb I found by the front door looked like a tulip.

      I’m glad you see your crocuses year after year, anyway, Alys.

  2. Our colchicums are spreading, but they sag easily in the wind and rain.

  3. I love it when bulbs pop up all unexpected! I haven’t got autumn crocus but doing some weeding the other day I accidentally unearthed some spring ones beginning to sprout – and quickly buried them again!

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