Indianapolis, IN – The first crocuses opened up on Thursday, February 1st in the back lawn of gardener, Carol Michel.
Michel reports that the previous year she spotted the first crocus on January 29th so she expected the first bloom this year when she spotted it on February 1.
However, she admits that she failed to check the lawn on January 30th and January 31st so the first crocus bloom may have shown up earlier than February 1st.
On Sunday, February 3rd, she went out to the lawn and noted that there were more crocuses popping up. She even saw a bee on one flower, but it flew off as she lunged toward it with her smartphone in hand, hoping to capture its sweet buzzing in a short video. She silently apologized to the bee and refrained from chasing after it, well aware that chasing after a bee can lead a gardener into more trouble than maybe they want to get into and out of on a Sunday afternoon.
She briefly thought about posting an old video of a bee on a crocus but only found a video of a bee on a ‘Pickwick’ variety of crocus taken in March 2020. Since everyone knows it is the “tommies”, Crocus tommasinianus, that bloom early and not varieties like ‘Pickwick,’ which bloom later, she decided not to post it on Instagram where it would be quickly discovered as fraudulent.
Michel says she now awaits the first bloom of crocuses in her front yard gardens, which are always a week or so behind those in the back lawn.