Cold Treatment of Crocus
Tue, 21 Dec 2004 23:19:50 PST

Sounds like a tall order to me! Why don't you suggest that she has saffron
rice at the reception meal? Honour would be satisfied in this way, I should
think. Or she could wear saffron robes...

I wonder if Croydon refers to real Crocus, or to Colchicum? (although I'm
not sure if Colchicum autumnale was ever found in Surrey)

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens

Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tony Goode" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 8:43 PM
Subject: [pbs] Cold Treatment of Crocus

> I have received an unusual request abut Crocuses.  Having no practical
experience I thought  I'd pass the question around.  The enquiry in full is
copied below:
> "I come from Croydon in South London (UK);  the town's name is Anglo-Saxon
for saffron or crocus valley.  Being born & bred in Croydon, I would like to
use a crocus in my wedding bouquet next summer (3 July in Norfolk), but are
there any species that flower this late?  If so, where can I get some bulbs
or the growing plant from?  Is it possible to force or otherwise trick a
particular variety of Crocus into flowering later (i.e. in the summer) ?
> I should be grateful for any help you can give me."

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