Sand beds & sources

John Lonsdale
Wed, 05 Feb 2003 07:40:29 PST

I have heard comments from folks such as Mark McD that some of the later
flowering fall crocus can be frustrating because they often (?) don't really
get going until winter has had a couple of early flings and they can be
buried in early snow and/or frozen.  In 7 + years here this has not been a
problem, just the very tail end of them occasionally gets hit, and that is
after established clumps have been in flower for up to a month !  One of the
joys of crocus is that, even though individual flowers can be ephemeral or
weather damaged, a decent corm will send up a great succession of blooms.
With our weather patterns here, which come and go quickly, this means you
always get a decent display at some time from each species.  I suspect you
should do fine where you are as I think winter comes later than in the far
NE ?

Yes, the current regulations, especially as imposed in the past 12 months,
can be problematical and have caused a number of knee-jerk responses from
Societies which, whilst understandable, are very frustrating.  Other
individual suppliers choose not to go down the route of phytos, but the
Czech sellers I mentioned do send phytos.  I hope common sense prevails this
year and an import permit replaces the need for a phyto from the exporter.
This does, as you say, encourage illegal imports, although crocus are
neither triffids or kudzu.


Dr John T Lonsdale
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