Thursday, March 8, 2012

Crocus chrysanthus 'Goldilocks'

Crocus chrysanthus 'Goldilocks' coming up amongst Sedum 'Acre'.
A crocus for those who prefer a color punch in early spring to the cool purples. (That would be my husband, more than myself.)  And even if it is bit bright in March for some of us, it still has its good points: it brings in the pollinators; it can be seen clear down the driveway; it captures the suns rays and reflects them back again in like brilliance.

I have been contemplating making a planting of its paler cousin Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty' to surround the few C. 'Goldilocks' that I have. It would make a more soothing scene.   Crocus 'Goldilocks' does have wonderful striping on the lower portion of its outer petals, which is just barely visible in these top down photographs. They are have persisted for five years in our Driveway Garden.

Mr. B enjoying his March drink.
Crocus chrysanthus 'Goldilocks' is studded along our Driveway Garden in March.
Would not an overall wash of Crocus 'Cream Beauty' look lovely throughout this area with the gold more intensified in the Crocus chrysanthus 'Goldilocks' spots? I think so.

They made a nice little combination with Iris reticulata 'Gordon', though the iris seems to be later this season or have vanished. See the pair last year.
Crocus chrysanthus 'Goldilocks' open for the sun and 65 degrees F temperature yesterday - a rare March treat!
The striping on the petals of Crocus chrysanthus 'Goldilocks' in the afternoon sun in our Driveway garden.

9 comments:

  1. Some yellow to compliment the purples. Perfect. And yes, some creams mixed in would be gorgeous! I think Mr. Bee would approve, too!

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  2. I have this yellow and the cream and purple...sometimes they are mixed but my bulbs are still slow to show except for 2 patches in front of the porch where it is sheltered...love all combos of yellow and purple for spring

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  3. How bright and beautiful your crocus blooms are. You have honeybees too and they are loving them also. They look wonderful coming up through your sedum.

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  4. Beautiful crocus - I love how it lights up your garden!

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  5. Gold, cream and purple, would be a wonderful combination, really welcoming in the spring, even on a dull day.

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  6. I don't think it's too bright Julie; after the grey skies of winter some bright golden yellow to reflect the sun is beautiful. It's the reason I love daffodils too! I used to not like such bright colours later in summer but now I live here where the sun bleaches the colour from delicate hues I love strong, bright colours. But your idea sounds lovely, more subtle, maybe your light is softer than mine, I imagine it is. My Iris reticulata only ever last one year but still worth it. Christina

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  7. That one's a beauty, Julie! I can't wait to see mine here! So bright and cheery!

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  8. All the crokies are in bloom around here. I love them. It's so nice to see colors in the landscape, even if they are itty bitty things. :)

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  9. Thank you for sharing this. It is inspirational to say the least.

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