Diane Whitehead
Thu, 23 Feb 2006 16:45:44 PST
Of the hundreds of crocus I have planted over the years, I have three 
groups of spring-blooming ones left.  I used to have success with 
them before those wretched Eastern gray squirrels migrated here 
(though since they probably can't swim, I think it was a deliberate 
importation to this island, perhaps by some homesick Easterner.) 
Fortunately, we don't have any of the tunnelling creatures that 
plague gardeners on the mainland, and I hope that anyone who would be 
homesick for them won't move here.

So: the survivors:

1. That big purple hybrid that you can buy at the hardware store.  I 
think its bulbs are under a rock.

2. C. chrysanthus Cream Beauty in an area that trucks park on all 
year except for right now when they are blooming.

3. C. tommasinianus grown from seed and buried under a lot of tough 
roots of a species rose, a grape, and lots of ivy.

The only thing in common is the difficulty of digging them out by 
whatever might otherwise like to.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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