Autumn Crocus

by Fern on December 1, 2009

in Fall Gardening

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This past September 26th came and went without a birthday card or any other acknowledgement from my two brothers. I thought they both somehow forgot. It seemed pretty hard to believe. My birthday has been on the 26th of September for the past 28 years, and they were alive for 26 and 19 of those birthdays respectively. As it turns out, only the 19 year old forgot. The older of my two brothers ordered an assortment of bulbs as a gift, but didn’t realize that they wouldn’t be shipped until it was the right time to plant them in my area. Receiving the box in mid October was a wonderful surprise.

Among the bulbs my brother picked out for me were these Autumn Crocus, which I planted in a pot near my front door. On top of the bulbs, I planted some sweet allysum to cover the bare dirt. The effect is really pretty and couldn’t have been easier.

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I got the idea from this video created by Sunset Magazine. Even if it is already pretty cold in your area, I think you would still be able to do something similar. A lot of bulbs need a long cold winter to produce beautiful flowers in Spring. If you plant them now in a pot that won’t crack, you can leave them outdoors this winter and receive a your “gift” next Spring.

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bright and blithe December 1, 2009 at 6:04 am

what a lovely surprise!


Jen December 1, 2009 at 8:20 am

So the brotherly love is continuing after all?

What a lovely gift, very pretty idea.

It would have been wonderful if the company had sent you a little “guess what is coming your way” greeting card. Maybe you should mention it to them.

Happy Birthday, did you have cake?



Jenny Peterson December 1, 2009 at 11:09 am

That is so pretty, Fern! I have not done much with bulbs so far; maybe I should venture out of my comfort zone? Or maybe I’ll garden vicariously through you!


Seasonal Wisdom December 1, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Fern, That’s a lovely flower combination… and I’m glad your brother remembered you after all. Sometimes those extended birthdays really are the best.


Fern December 1, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Bright and Blithe–Yes, it was!

Jen–Yeah, no kidding! I think I will make the recommendation

Jenny–Autumn Crocus certainly seem like an easy place to start! Irises have also been really easy.


melanie watts December 2, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Happy belated birthday. What a lovely surprise gift. I have always been attracted to autumn crocus, Colchium autumnale, but I have not had much luck growing it in my frozen northern garden. Be careful the plant is poisonous.


Fern December 3, 2009 at 12:20 am

Seasonal Wisdom–You’re right. I was so disappointed that they forgot, that I enjoyed the box of bulbs even more.

Melanie–Thanks! I wasn’t planning on eating it. ;-)


Abigail December 7, 2009 at 1:15 pm

That was a beautiful birthday gift. I second the idea of writing the company, encouraging a timely note to be sent, so your brother, and other gift-givers in the future, don’t get unnecessary bad vibes from disappointed birthday-ees. I grew an amaryllis indoors once, and still remember how beautiful it was. I don’t have an inch of space left in my little apartment, otherwise I’d probably get another one this year.


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