Any day now I will tumble head over heels in love with tulips. Before this happens, I want to share with you a wonderful little crocus, ‘Pickwick’.
Crocus vernus ‘Pickwick’ is one of the larger Dutch crocuses which flower slightly later than the little species crocuses. I have planted these in pots at the front of the house.
You can admire a plant from afar, but when you grow it yourself, you really get to know it. The filigree markings on the petals initially attracted me. Now I know it a little better, I can also appreciate the softly scalloped edging to its petals.
There is a deep purple ink-stain where the petal meets the stem. This is a crocus with substance.
There is a pearlescent sheen on the outside of the petals. They have an inside lining of lilac. This is a very classy crocus.
The purple markings at the edge of the petals look slightly gothy here, don’t you think? There is a promise of something inside…
Each crocus has a tiny flare inside it. When the sun shines on it, it opens its petals and shows us its inner flame.
This is the stigma, the female part of the flower. Stigmas are sticky, and often fluted or crinkled. This is to catch the pollen, so that the flower can be fertilised.
There are some rather wonderful words for describing the shape of a flower’s stigma. Plumoso describes a feathered shape. Lobado describes a lobed shape. There is conicoid (conical), discoide (disc-shaped) and con pelos (with hair). I would describe a crocus stigma as plumoso. Lucky crocus.
This stigma really is magnifico!
It is a flare with flair.
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