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Meadow Blooms 1 – Crocus

Crocus happily mingled throughout the grass!! That’s my happy place. ¬†ūüôā

Crocus in lawn 2013
photo by SVSeekins
planting crocus in lawn
phot by SVSeekins
the crocus meadow in 2012
photo by SVSeekins

We started with a Dandelion Dilemma in the fall of 2011.  The chosen solution was digging out the weeds & dropping crocus bulbs in the subsequent holes.

After all that digging, the lawn looked pretty rough through the winter.

Then there was some tentative success with crocus blooms in the spring of 2012. ¬†Perhaps the bulbs hadn’t had time to root well before winter came?

And the lawn still looked like it had been attacked by gophers.  I had hoped it would recover more quickly.

12 mnths after dandelion digging
photo by SVSeekins

It probably would’ve been better to have given that whole area a good layer of top-dressing. ¬†But that would’ve cost more money & taken more effort, too… ¬†So I didn’t.

Over the summer, the grass recovered on its own. ¬†Isn’t patience a beautiful thing?

Only a few of the dandelions came back. ¬†I’ve tried to jump on those as soon as they show up. ¬†Perseverance¬†is a good ambition in these circumstances.

Crocus in lawn 2013
photo by SVSeekins

Now I’m reassured that spring is on its way because the crocuses are here & doing their happy dance. ¬†As sunshine beams down, they open up. ¬†They quickly close when a cloud passes over. ¬†When the sun caresses them again, they open back up. ¬†They’re so whimsical & busy!

What a lovely reward for all that digging 18 months ago. ¬†ūüôā

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© SVSeekins and Garden Variety Life, 2013

P.S. ¬†Here’s a post from another writer who did a very

snow crocus, woodland crocus, early crocus, summit park, crocus, garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

a similar project, only without all the dandelion to contend with:

… and one from an established local meadow

PP.S. Here are some other meadow faves:

Flower Count – day 5 – crocus

snow crocus in February
photo by SVSeekins

We can’t get through Victoria’s Flower Count without mentioning the good old snow crocus. ¬†They’re the true harbinger of spring. ¬†In this area they usually start to show themselves by Valentines Day. ¬†This year there were these pastel hints of them at Valentines.

I enjoy watching their dance.  If a beam of sunlight hits, they open their flowers.  As a cloud blocks the sunshine, they close up again.  On a windy day, when the clouds are really moving, crocus can get really busy. It must be exhausting.

They look so delicate, but they’re pretty tough considering the weather they thrive in. ¬†Snow is part of their name for a reason. ¬†I’ve seen them survive a dump of snow without a shiver. ¬†As soon as the sun shows up, they’re even gutsy enough to open their bloom right then & there.

early crocus in peony bed
photo by SVSeekins

I planted some brighter colored varieties in the peony bed. ¬†The other day I noticed those were coming up, too. ¬†I’ll have to tidy up the old peony stems, to better show off these spring bulbs.

Soon enough the new peony sprouts will be reaching for the sun themselves.  By the time the crocus finish, the peonies will take over the bed & give the crocus some shade to rejuvenate in through the summer

dandelions out - crocus bulbs in
photo by SVSeekins

Last fall I started an experiment trying to naturalize some crocus in the boulevard lawn at the same time as digging out some¬†dandelion. ¬†After all that digging, the lawn looked worse for wear, but as the grass is just showing signs of growth, I’m hoping it’ll be looking better soon.

crocus sharing space with moss & grass
photo by SVSeekins

The good news is that the crocus are starting to grow too.  Dividends РYippee!

The blooms so far look pretty small in comparison to those growing in the flower beds, but there is plenty of growing season to come. ¬†Hopefully they’ll take off this first year & be even¬†stronger¬†next year.

C is talking about the possible need to mow the lawn.  That will be another test.

In the meantime, I’m delighted to see the snow crocus. ¬†Before we know it, daffodils will follow – then it’ll really feel like spring!

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