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any of numerous low-growing plants of the genus Crocus having slender grasslike leaves and white or yellow or purple flowers

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CROCUSEs lead the change from drab winter into spring with a brilliant array of COLOURS
That doesn't need to be the end of the story because there are autumn crocuses to follow - Colchicumautumnale, its common name Meadow Saffron causing it to be confused with the saffron-producing crocus variety C.
Burgeoning crocuses present no problem to later planting schemes - their foliage will have died down by the time perennials get into their stride.
Smallwonder thatwelove crocuses somuch- as ifby magictheyprovidevivid colour and bring swathes of thegardentobright life
CROCUSES are opening everywhere - in small gardens, on great estates, in public parks and on village greens - yet never lose their popularity.
I love bulbs in containers because they provide a great splash of colour on what has been a gloomy winter scene, from bright yellow narcissi to purple crocuses, fragrant hyacinths and tulips later on in the season.
Valley gardeners can plant tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, crocuses, cyclamens, alliums, freesia, amaryllis, narcissus, iris, lilies, ranunculus, snowdrops and more, said Lauren Bonar Swezey, Sunset magazine's bulb expert.
While most crocuses thrive in a sunny position sheltered from wind, in moderately fertile, welldrained soil, they fall into three groups suited to somewhat different conditions.
Spring will arrive on a magic carpet of crocuses if you get planting now
Ha rdy crocuses m ust withstand the cold and squirrels | Ha rdy crocuses m ust withstand the cold and squirrels | These joyous flowers can brighten up large stretches of garden or parkland | These joyous flowers can brighten up large stretches of garden or parkland
Passions have run high over the steeply sloping land which contains rare so-called Jerusalem crocuses, or to give them their proper title, autumnal crocus (Crocus nudiflorus), a wooded area and a stream.
They may look fragile, with their delicate flowers in shades from purple and pale lavender to yellow and white, but crocuses are surprisingly resilient.
They may look fragile, with their delicate flowers in shades from purple and pale lavender to yellow and white, but crocuses are surprisingly resilient and can be planted at any time in autumn or early winter providing they have been stored in a cool dark place.
5cm (1in) wide, are among the earliest crocuses to bloom, with narrow, pencil-shaped buds of pale lilac on the outside, opening in the sun to reveal deeper lilac centres.
IF you've ever walked through a sea of bluebells in the woods in spring, wondered at the beauty of an endless carpet of snowdrops under trees or drifts of purple crocuses peeping through the grass, you'll realise the value of naturalising bulbs.