Crocus vitellinus images
Sat, 22 Mar 2003 10:41:49 PST
The very first bulb to bloom in my garden this year is this winter-flowering 
species from Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey; Crocus vitellinus. The particular 
plants shown were purchased as bulbs from Paige Woodward's Pacific Rim 
Nursery and planted out last fall. Just 2 days after 24" (60 cm) of hardened 
snow and ice receded on the warm south side my house, this tiny species 
popped into bloom. A series of 5 photos were taken today and posted to the 
PBS wiki Crocus page. 

The golden flowers have a pleasant sweet scent, and are brushed and speckled 
with brown on the exterior base of the tepals. Looking down on the flowers, 
they have a triangular countenance. The large glossy green leaves seen near 
the crocus bunch is Sternbergia lutea, which amazingly keeps its beautiful 
leaves even with an iceberg sitting on them all winter. 

Go to the crocus page at:…

The best of the 5 photos…

Mark McDonough        Pepperell, Massachusetts, United States    "New England"               USDA Zone 5
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