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Crocuses. The first blooming flowers

Updated on January 31, 2013

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.

Crocus is the only plant that blossoms in the beginning of April
Crocus is the only plant that blossoms in the beginning of April

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.

Meeting friends after long winter :-)
Meeting friends after long winter :-)

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.


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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Thank you Pamela for a comment. It is just a simple mirror camera 700 $ worth :-)))) I love photography.!

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I enjoyed your hub and your lovely photos. You must have a pretty good camera to get that bee like you did.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      to tobusiness: It is December now, but I am also waiting already for the spring! Thank you for a comment!

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Thank you Theresa!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      I really enjoyed this, those beautiful images reminded me that Spring is really not that far away. I always have a few crocuses sprinkled throughout the lawn, I love it when those little colourful flowers begins to burst through the snow, a sign of life and hope.

      Thank you for sharing, voting up and more.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Nice essay and simply lovely flowers. A nice diversion in this rather cold and gray time. May you have a Blessed Christmas and New Year. Theresa

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Thank you for a comment. I wish you to enjoy your gardening as much as you enjoy reading of books (and collecting them) :-)

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      You are lucky to have caught the gardening "bug" from your wife. I enjoy flowers, but physical challenges don't permit me to garden now. Fortunately, one of my adult sons lives nearby and helps me with such things. I have shrubs that flower in the spring and some rosebushes that I enjoy.

      Your photos are lovely, and I enjoyed them very much...especially the sight of bees pollinating the blooms.


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      Pavlo Badovskyi 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Thank you! That is exactly what I think.

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the first blooms of spring. Your photos are lovely and the crocus's are beautiful. Well worth waiting through winter for.

      It was a delight to read your hub.