Common Crocus

And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of Spring,
And the rose-bud breaks into pink on the climbing briar,
And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fire
Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring.
~ from:  Magdalen Walks by Oscar Wilde


A delightful and unexpected addition to my garden this month.


21 Comments Add yours

  1. Such a deep purple. How nice to have these pop up unexpectedly in your garden. We visited a Tudor house near Manchester last September and came across a beautiful drift of crocus flowers growing under a huge oak tree. They were a much paler purple than these, but so pretty.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, now they would be the autumn crocus or naked lady which are not true crocuses. Colchicum autumnale. They do look lovely though and would be a nice addition to autumn flowering.

      1. That’s interesting. There were dozens of them and they made such a pretty display. It helped that we were sitting under an oak tree, in front of a Tudor mansion overlooking a stunning vista of hills and a lake with swans on it. So English!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Sounds idyllic!

  2. A great quote to match a great surprise. Lovely photos and what a harbinger of spring.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I noticed the leaves when we moved in last year, but had no idea what they belonged to. So lovely to see them under the tree.

  3. Dina says:

    A colourful and joyous surprise, Jude. 🙂
    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Dina, sadly we are back in the cloud today, but yesterday felt like an April day.

  4. Tish Farrell says:

    Oh lucky you! Lovely sight.

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    What a lovely surprise 🙂

  6. Nothing like the sweet promise of blooming crocus in the spring….

    1. Heyjude says:

      Indeed, cheery little things.

  7. Hi Jude !
    What a riot of fascinating purple and beautifully captured ! I felt a shot of happiness seeing them.

  8. restlessjo says:

    A quivering ring of fire! Have you got snowdrops too? Isn’t Spring wonderful? 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      No snowdrops. Groups of dancing dwarf daffs though and my hyacinths are in flower.

  9. BeckyB says:

    oh I just love the crocuses when they appear, such a burst of colour at a time of grey clouds and little sunshine.

    1. Heyjude says:

      These are truly an amethyst circle, planted under the Kilmarnock willow tree. I have only ever had them in pots before.

      1. BeckyB says:

        Wonderful…..I’ve got no idea how mine are behaving this year.

  10. Sherri says:

    A beautiful addition and wonderful surprise for your garden…just gorgeous Jude! xxx

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Sherri – I think this is most likely the last of the reveals of the garden. Though maybe March has a surprise in store.

      1. Sherri says:

        I’m sure it does…such a lovely time of year, especially when the garden produces such lovely surprises 🙂 xx

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