How You Know Spring Will Really Happen: Crocuses!

Joy Jolt of Color

Melissa Gouty
Garden Glory

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picture of four bright purple  crocuses
Four purple crocuses. Photo: Melissa Gouty

Joy jolt

Do you get a surge of energy when you look at bright colors against a drab background? Does it make you happy to catch a glimpse of things to come?

Are you happy when there are signs that winter is coming to a close?

Yep. Me, too!

This morning, in the first week of March, I couldn’t stop smiling when I saw several groups of crocuses poking their purple heads into their “Great Beyond.”

A sure sign of spring

Crocuses have been around for thousands of years. Artifacts depicting the petite flowers date back to 1600 BC Egypt. They were grown in Greece, Crete, and Egypt as a dye crop. Saffron comes from the yellow crocuses.

A member of the iris family, crocuses have over 100 species. Bright yellow, deep purple, and creamy white are the predominant colors. We love the punch of purple, and most of ours are that color, although I’ve vowed to add dozens more in the same bed — this time some in yellow — so that next year, we’ll have a vibrant mix of royal-hued gold and purple lifting our spirits.

The benefit of crocuses is that they are the first flowers to bloom in the new season. In fact, even before the…

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Melissa Gouty
Garden Glory

Writer, teacher, speaker, and observer of human nature. Content for HVAC & Plumbing Businesses. Author of The Magic of Ordinary. LiteratureLust and GardenGlory.