We have come suddenly to those early spring days when I need more than ten fingers to count the crocuses in bloom, but it is too cold to take off my shoes to further aid my efforts to keep track of all of them.
So can we say countless crocuses now? Well, not quite yet. That would be more of an exaggeration than saying “we have come suddenly to those early spring days”.
I think it is good enough, and accurate enough, to say that there are more crocuses today than yesterday, and there will be even more tomorrow.
(That is if they don’t drown in the rain we are predicted to get this weekend, but I digress).
Crocuses are members of the Iris family, Iridiceae, and the “bulb” we plant for them in the fall is technically called a corm. If you say “crocus bulb” you can always count on someone correcting you, so have a response ready for that when the time comes. But make it a polite response. Always take the high road and assume the corrector was only trying to be helpful and was not a haughtyculturist.
(You remember that a haughtyculturist is nothing more than an uppity gardener, but I digress, again.)
If you are not currently counting crocuses, and it is simply due to you not planting them in your garden, and is not due to the fact that you live in a climate where they won’t grow or you you planted them but live in a climate where it is too soon for them to bloom, then go right now to your calendar, flip it to July and write down “order crocus corms”. Then flip your calendar over to about Halloween or maybe a bit after, and write down “plant crocus corms”.
(While we wait for you to do that… for those who live where it is still too cold and snowy for crocuses to bloom, “bless your gardening heart”. Hang in there, spring is coming. We will send at least early spring your way just as soon as we’ve had a chance to enjoy it a few more weeks.)
So now that crocuses are beginning to become “countless” in my garden, I’m looking out for another iris to bloom… little Iris reticulata.
I can hardly wait to get to the point where they are countless in my garden, too.