Two beauties there David. I've grown a number of autumn crocus, still have a fair selection, but haven't grown the two you show. I don't have a greenhouse, so they have to make it outdoors, and when we have fair weather they can be wonderful, but often the blooms are ruined by inclement weather. I'm always amazed just how fast they can pop up, been checking every day for C. kotschyanus, always the first to show, and suddenly there they were in bloom yesterday, literally appearing overnight. I have two forms, neither is particularly good, with long leafless stalks, the flowers flopping about all over the place.
Editing my message to upload 2 photos. Checking labels, I have C. kotschyanus ssp. kotschyanus 'Reliance' (corms planted in 2002), and a regular C. kotschyanus collected from Turkey (corms from Jan McGary in 2000). They have moved around, seeding I suppose, and I don't really know which is which anymore. Many many more shoots just appearing.
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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My autumn ones are now moving. Crocus mathewii in flower today
Tony, now I'm reeling with envy, an absolutely beautiful crocus, simply sumptuous. Classic goblet shape from the side view too. Is it fragrant?
By the way, these autumn crocus are also like candy to some unknown varmint, that eat the blooms at night, possibly a rabbit. The kotschyanus blooms I showed were all eaten or nipped off the next morning, but there's plenty more buds coming (to feed my devilish adversary). Coming up now is speciosus (always chomped) and a big clump of C. sativus, one of my favorites and usually left alone by critters.
Very nice Tony. Grown from seed?
in Devon, UK Zone 9b
no idea on scent something I find difficult at the best of times.
I am pleased with them ,they are my own seed collection and have turned out well.
Those Crocus mathewii are sumptuous
. The royal colors of white, blue-purple and oranges are so strikingly vivid!
Rick Rodich zone 4a. Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Lovely C. matthewii Tony, and all the more special from your own seed. Mine, ( also from seed, but not collected by me ) are a few days away yet.
I'll make do with this one in the meantime. C. banaticus . No sign of it a few days ago, and this morning it opened quickly in the early morning sun . It's been a singleton for years, but this year, a bonus!
53.69° N, Dedicated to West Coast Fritillaria, plus three other members of the subgenus Liliorhiza. I grow other Genera, as time permits !
A Crocus nerimaniae in flower today.
it shows the picture is uploaded and I cannot see it so it is use your imagination time.
I cannot delete the post either.
[Moderator note: Tony, you were almost there, after uploading the image, a button appears next to the thumbnail, named "Insert". Place your cursor where you want the image to appear, then click Insert, check your edit window to make sure you like the image placement, when done, hit the "Post" button at the bottom. Exquisite Crocus by the way! Mark McD]
A couple of hours sunshine today, ( at last !! ), and two Crocus sp. were encouraged to open up.
The first of many of the extremely reliable C. speciosus in the garden,
and the first of what I hope will be six or seven seed raised C. mathewii, growing outdoors but in a pot. I will certainly be putting this species into the garden next year as it seems very tolerant and hardy ( here ).