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My First Crocus of the Spring March 19, 2009

Filed under: Cultivated Flowers,Plants,Seasons,Spring — saltthesandbox @ 1:22 pm
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Last week, on a dark and rainy day, I photographed new shoots from spring bulbs. Today, with bright sun but cool temperatures, I returned to the same garden in south Oak Park:

Last week's leaves had grown bigger, and the first crocuses had bloomed!

Last week's leaves were larger, and the first Crocuses had bloomed!

Getting closer, the three flowers varied from barely open to splayed wide in the sun:

As the crocus flowers opened, they revealed bright yellow insides.

As the Crocus flowers opened, they revealed bright yellow insides.

You could almost lose yourself inside the flowers:

The six petals surrounded a yellow secret -- the future of its kind.

Six petals surround a yellow secret -- it's where the seeds are made.

Here’s something I just learned: The spice, saffron, is made from the yellow insides of a kind of crocus.

It looks like the Daffodils will be next:

I'll come back next week to see if these have opened.

I'll come back next week to see if these have opened.

 

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