Jane McGary
Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:58:38 PDT
Jane Sargent's crocuses probably are not C. tommasinianus, which flowers 
in spring. Jane, can you describe the color of the anthers, the shape of 
the style, and whether the leaves are present at flowering?

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon

On 10/24/2019 1:56 PM, Jane Sargent wrote:
> Here in Massachusetts, zone 5b, there was a surprise yesterday. Two 
> small clumps of crocuses bloomed in the lawn. They are probably Crocus 
> tommasinianus, perhaps Barr's Purple. That patch of lawn was planted 
> with crocus about 25 years ago, and in the Spring there are lots of 
> blooms there, but this does not happen in October. I have never 
> planted autumn crocus bulbs in the yard, just tommies and a few large 
> Dutch crocus.
> Will there be a plague of frogs? Will the river turn to blood, or is 
> this just some normal variation I never noticed before? Will these 
> plants die when it gets colder? Will they rebloom some time?
> We have already had frost. My wipers pushed some off the windshield 
> this morning.
> Always surprises...
> Jane Sargent
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