It’s a sign of a cool spring when I don’t take a batch of crocus pictures. I love these little harbingers, so photographing them is one of the things that I look forward to doing every spring. I can count on at least one beautiful day when I am able to get down to crocus level and snap away. But not this year.
Actually, there was a fleetingly nice day this year too — last Thursday. But I didn’t have my camera with me. So, I contented myself with a few quick ones with Cuppa’s compact to record the event.
These little beauties don’t last long and seemed to be at their peak last Thursday. With a wet day or three in store, I don’t think I’ll have another proper opportunity, so I’ll go with what I have.
Without much to show this time around, here’s a few from the misty vaults.
There are about eighty species of crocus (of which approximately 30 are cultivated). Their cup-shaped, solitary, salverform flowers taper off into a narrow tube. Their color varies enormously, although lilac, mauve, yellow and white are predominant. The grass-like, ensiform leaf shows generally a white central stripe along the leaf axis. The leaf margin is entire. Crocuses typically have three stamens. The spice saffron is obtained from the stigmas of Crocus sativus, an autumn/fall-blooming species.