Crocuses. The first blooming flowers
Crocuses in April
No matter what season is outside but I like to think about spring and the first blooming flowers of spring - Crocuses. Next season you would definitely like to have the first flowers to bring you joy in the very beginning of April. This flower is a very simple thing which can make you happy without any reason.
At first glance there is nothing special in Crocuses and that is absolutely right. Crocuses are not rare flowers; they do not demand any special techniques of growing and are almost not demanding to the quality of soil. BUT they are special in their own way. Their time of blossoming is absolutely unusual comparing with other plants. Just look on the upper photo. Nothing green at all, except lovely crocuses. That makes them really unique.
Crocuses start to blossom just after the snowdrops and before narcissus. When they blossom it gives you a vivid sign that the nature is awaking from a long winter sleep. They feel your heart with joy and expectation of spring.
Crocuses attract bees
If you like bees, or better to say if the appearance of bees does not provoke your inadequate reactions :-), you would be delightful to see many and many of them coming to collect pollen from your flowers. Actually they are striving for food at this time of the year and attack each and every flower within their area.
Did you make your mind to try growing them? Good, because it is a very simple plant. It does not like acidic soils. The soil should be with good drainage so it is advised to add sand, compost. If you add manure it should be well rotten. The bulbs of crocuses should be planted in August – September. These flowers can grow at the same place up to 5 years, but it is advised to dig them out and re-plant in 3-4 years otherwise they become smaller. The depth of planting depends on the size of bulbs. Bigger bulbs have to be planted on the depth of 8-10 cm, smaller - 4-6 cm. Distance between bulbs should be from 5 to 10 cm.
You can fertilize crocuses in early spring over the snow and the second time in a period of blossoming. Dosage of mineral fertilizers is 30-40 grams per sq.m.
If you still do not care about crocuses but somewhere deep in your heart you think you would like to (it is like "I wish I believed if I could") I have a good advice. Do not buy them or grow them yourself. Find someone who has it, tell this person a couple of warm words about the beauty of his/her garden and you become the most wanted guest. Photograph this flower in macro mode. Make a photo and place it somewhere in the social net, or print a poster and put in on your own wall. If the poster is big enough it will not be left without attention. The beauty of this spring flower, or the quality of a photo, or at least the size of a poster must impress other people. You hear so many exciting replies that you "would believe" and this flower would become one of your favorite (joking of course:-))
If fact I wanted to share my own experience how I came to love these simple yet absolutely attractive flowers and, of course, to boast with my own photos :-). They are not unique and the camera is not 5000 $ worth, but even simple things can make you happy.