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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

And the lawn began to bloom

For the joy of that first moment when I stepped out the back door and saw all the crocuses blooming in the lawn, it was worth it.

It was worth spending hours planting all those crocus bulbs last fall, and the two falls before that.

It was worth enduring the cold, wind, ice, and snow of winter, including the last snow just ten days ago that covered the back lawn with six inches of snow.

It was worth it.

I thought at first only a few crocus blooms were open, but as I looked across the lawn, I could see hundreds of crocuses blooming.

Spring has arrived.  The crocuses know it, now I know it, too.

It's hard to capture with a mere camera what the lawn looks and feels like with all the crocuses in bloom.   The blooms are scattered about the lawn, some in groups, some individually.  They practically beam against the greens and browns of the lawn.

I took lots of pictures, trying my best to capture the moment.

But moments in the garden aren't just what we capture with a camera.  Moments in the gardens include memories and feelings, too, which aren't always conveyed to others through a picture.

For this one moment, when the sun was shining, and hundreds of crocuses were blooming throughout the back lawn, it was worth it.

If you decide to plant crocuses in your lawn remember...

Buy corms for Crocus tommasinianus, sometimes called tommies, or other crocuses that are noted for naturalizing, not those big crocuses most often sold in the big box stores.

Plant them in the lawn in the fall.  I use a rockery trowel to plant bulbs in my lawn.  Stab it into the ground, pull it back, drop the corm in the hole, pull out the trowel, then pat pat pat, and move on to the next one.

Don't try to plant an entire lawn of crocuses in one fall. Plant a few hundred each year and before you know it, you'll have thousands of crocuses in bloom in your lawn.

Wait as long as you can to mow the lawn for the first time after the crocus blooms have faded to give the crocuses a chance to grow a bit and form new corms for next year.

Don't use herbicides on the lawn once you plant crocuses or other bulbs in it.

Learn to live with a few dandelions as part of the price to pay for that one magical moment when you step outside on the first warm day of spring and see hundreds of crocuses blooming in the lawn, greeting the spring.

It's worth it.


Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Glad to see your snow is gone. The crocuses are beautiful, especially against green grass. Our grass is dormant in the winter so it is just a lovely shade of brown. A few blooms sure would cheer it up!

Pauline said...

what a lovely sight now that your snow has finally gone, so many crocus like that shout Springtime!

Helen Malandrakis said...

I wish I could do this, sigh!

LostRoses said...

Great job, Carol. And remember don't plant yellow ones, they'll look like dandelions! Wish I had persevered like you did.

Dee Nash said...

Indeed it is. I have white ones in my lawn this year. ~~Dee

Garden Fancy said...

How lovely -- what a happy sign of spring! I'm your spring has arrived. -Beth

Angie said...

I'd love a lawn like this but sadly I don't think I could go without mowing for long. The lawn here grows like billy o at this time of the year.
Well done on making the effort. As you say, it was worth it!

Kris Peterson said...

What a joy after all that dastardly winter weather!