First crocus along the Glen

It was all go last autumn in a mass planting of spring bulbs along the Glen:

Planting bulbs along the Glen – Friends of Glen Goyle

The first started to show started last month:

First snowdrops along the Glen – Friends of Glen Goyle

And more are just beginning to show – as reported in this week’s report from FOGG member Phil Lee:

And early flowers from our thousands of bulbs, suggest that soon, the borders could be a riot of colour…

15th February 2024 – Friends of Glen Goyle

The Mail has looked at the humble but sweet crocus:

Flowers can help with the winter blues too: Here’s the first bulbs which bloom in the cold and always lift the spirits

Crocuses are one of the oldest cultivated flowers. Records of the autumn-flowering C. sativus, prized for producing saffron, date back to Minoan Crete. The name crocus comes from the ancient Sanskrit word for the spice.

It was not until 1753 that Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus formally identified the genus. A member of the iris family, crocuses are dwarf perennials growing from corms, with diminutive goblet-shaped flowers in shades of white, yellow, and purple. They are easy to naturalise in lawns, or grow in containers or rockeries, preferring a sunny spot with well-drained soil.