• purple crocus in full bloom

    The Ever Reliable Crocus tommasinianus

    21st February 2014In The GardenStephanie Donaldson

    purple crocus in full bloom Regular readers of the blog will know that I post an annual peon of praise to this delightful crocus. Despite its delicate looks, it is tough as old boots, self seeds everywhere – including amongst cracks in the paving – and is much loved by the bees. I wasn’t the only one enjoying the sunshine as I worked in the garden yesterday – the crocus, snowdrops, hellebores and daphne were all being visited by honey bees and their humming was a joy to hear. And a butterfly ventured out too. Early spring flowers are a vital food source for beneficial insects as well as a delight to the eye.