Crocuses and dogwood

The weather is thankfully improving with some sunshine yesterday and today, and getting slightly warmer.

White crocusesI spent a couple of hours plotting this morning when I spotted these two white crocuses.

Lots of crocusesWhat I’m  waiting for are the forty Blue Pearl and Cream Beauty crocuses in the long planter to start flowering.

Why every gardener should grow crocuses is an excellent article, written by Val Bourne, in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph .

I also had a good look at the dogwood, Cornus alba Sibirica, with it’s amazing cherry red stems that look at though they’ve been painted on. 

Cornus alba

Have a good weekend!

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22 Responses to Crocuses and dogwood

  1. Charlotte says:

    It’s springtime! *dances*

  2. snowbird says:

    Fourty crocus in a planter will be such a splendid sight when they flower. The white ones are lovely.
    The red of the dogwood is so vibrant and a welcome splash of colour in the winter.
    I’m glad you’ve had a few dry days, we have too and it really helps getting things cleared!xxxxx

  3. elaine says:

    Lucky you to have so many crocus I don’t know where all mine have vanished to. Have to make sure I buy plenty next year. Lovely day here today – just been at the plot for a couple of hours – it makes such a difference to be able to get out and do a bit.

  4. Jo says:

    I’ve got Cream Beauty in a container too, but they’re not flowering yet. We’ve had a lovely day here with blue skies and sunshine, but it’s still very cold.

  5. Would you please blow some of that slightly warmer weather over here! It is dry,but still bitterly cold and cloudy! Glad you are able to get out and the crocus will make a beautiful show 🙂

  6. NorthernTeacher says:

    Interesting that bees prefer purple crocuses to orange ones, Flighty. Have purple and white ones in my garden 🙂

  7. I do love crocuses, interesting tip about the wire, though so far it seems to be birds attacking my bulbs, and only the tulips! Have a great weekend, hope it involves quality plotting.

    • Flighty says:

      Janet me too. Foxes are another problem hence the wire mesh on all my containers with bulbs in. Birds can be such a nuisance can’t they! Thanks, you too. xx

  8. Doris says:

    I love those names “Blue Pearl” and “Cream Beauty”. Thanks for the reminder that Spring is just around the corner. 🙂

  9. menhir1 says:

    It’s inspiring to see the buds burst through the earth, no matter what the weather throws at them. xx

  10. nikkipolani says:

    Sweet crocuses! I’ve grown them before, but they don’t always naturalize well here. As for dogwood… hope you’ll show more photos when they begin blooming.

    • Flighty says:

      Nikki the biggest problem here is that squirrels dig crocuses up! Hopefully the dogwood will blossom and later produce berries so I’ll keep an eye on it for photos if that happens. xx

  11. Liz says:

    Enjoyed the article by Val Bourne. Had no idea the temp inside “the chalice” increased so much. Bring on the nectar and the bees!
    I think your cornus must be what we call red twig dogwood. Outstanding winter feature.

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