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Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring Walks The Red Carpet

It's a sweet crocus that decided to show its pretty face to the world today~
Just in time for a walk down the red carpet.


The crocus at Clay and Limestone are all stars in my eyes.

Bright players in the technicolor production that is Springtime In A Garden. Showy costumed beauties they have their sweet moment of walk on fame before they fade~

A fortunate few capture the attention of a casting director for a major role.
Diminutive Crocus sieberi ssp sublimis 'Tricolor' is a rising star.

There is nothing nuanced about her performance.
She brings a depth and coloring that's hard to describe.
An early favorite among the reviewers...we're sure she will be asked back again and again.


Her performance merits the best supportive win in C&L's Spring Show!
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'Tricolor' really is the sweetest little snow crocus~ The blossom is a pastel purple at the edges, with a bright orange center and with a broad band of white that beautifully separates the lilac and orange. The color show extends to the outside with a deeper purple petal and yellow-orange at its base!

One of the earliest blooming crocus, it's incredibly cold hardy (to zone 3 to 8), doesn't mind moisture in the summer and asks only to be planted in a sunny spot under a deciduous shrub! It will naturalize and spread if situated in the right spot!

I sure hope it's happy at C&L~a naturalized patch will be attention getting as guests stop by the front porch. What a colorful welcome on a sunny day.

Gail

You & I the secret
Of the crocus know --
Let us chant it softly --
"There is no more snow!"
Emily Dickinson

42 comments:

  1. How lovely to see what your garden is wearing for the big event, Gail! The crocuses are just beautiful.

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  2. Let's hope there is no more snow! Those are definitely "red carpet" beauties, worthy of any award.

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  3. I bet not one of your crocus needed a stylist or makeup artist before walking the red carpet. Beautiful just the way they are...au naturel.

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  4. Your red carpet moments were so much more enjoyable than having to sit through 3.5 hours of Hollywood blathering. I planted my crocus in January, so they are still sleeping it off.

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  5. Gail girl I am really trying VERY hard NOT to be jealous .. we are slowly coming out of the freezer here and I know I will see some blooms eventually .. yours are gorgeous as is the quote which is perfect : )
    Glad you are getting some sun finally .. we have been too and it is glorious !!
    Joy

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  6. OH Gail! Reading your clever post I just remembered about the Oscars! Such a sweet crocus! I am reading a couple of books on Emily right now ... just put one down and yours is the first post I open! I love that poem and would that the little flower can will away any more snow! ;>)

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  7. Nothing says spring like your lovely crocuses. The Oscars were great last night too!

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  8. Hey All, It's 52 wonderful degrees and I am heading outside~I appreciate your visits and will be visiting the blogasphere later in the day! Gail

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  9. We often get a March snow but it is usually one of those wet sloppy oppy ones and it doesn't stick around long. Your parade of crocus are gorgeous. Only my yellow ones are up now. I guess the others are waiting for warmer weather. That sign on your side bar is intrigueing. I wonder if someone is dating the mailman. tee hee.

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  10. Enjoy the crocuses! It's so great to have flowers again, finally!

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  11. Nice! Ours have just started to emerge from the soil. I hope you enjoyed the great weather!

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  12. What a beautiful way to start off my Monday morning!--Randy

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  13. Good morning Gail. I agree, these first bright little signs of spring are always cherished. I love the color and the fact that they are so hardy.
    Marnie

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  14. Let's hope the weather stays in the mild 50-70°F range, Gail... hot sun & 80°F may cause Ms Tricolor Crocus to have a wardrobe malfunction ;-]

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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  15. So pretty! They don't do well without the cold winter so we can't grow them in So. Cal. but we can admire them from afar!

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  16. Beautiful pictures, you're right about the tricolour crocus being a showstopper, it's beautiful and hardy in my zone (I will look for it next year). I adore crocuses, and can't wait to see blooms in person. :)

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  17. Your crocus are just so lovely. I love the beautiful lighting as well as it really shows them off at their best, doesn't it?

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  18. Oh, how special! An entire post on one of my favorite spring bulbs. Beautiful pics. Everything is so bright and cheery!

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  19. Enjoy your beautiful day Gail!

    It's in the mid-40's here, kind of overcast, but the snow is melting - yay!

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous photos thank you! I got a little lift looking at those. The crocuses are on the way in my garden but they're all stalks for the moment. I'm ready for the spring!

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  21. Found my first crocus this morning, Gail, a lovely bright yellow. I was so excited! Now of course I too have fallen in love with 'Tricolor' and must find it. And how delightful to end with such an apropos poem by Miss Dickinson. We didn't watch the Oscars (though OFB predicted the winners with staggering accuracy). Give me your crocus show any day!!!---Silence

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  22. These crocus are perfectly styled from gown to accessories, the hairstyle is just right as well. A vision for the voyeurs among us, watching as the stars parade on the red, or brown carpet. Well done, my friend. :-)
    Frances

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  23. It's interesting that you describe 'Tricolor' as one of the earliest bloomers. For me, it's the latest of the snow crocuses to bloom, but then I don't have any of the big Dutch crocuses, which bloom later.

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  24. Stunning! No studio in Hollywood could come close. Your photos are very good, and I enjoyed the creative way you wrote the post. The Dickinson poem at the end was a nice little bonus. :)

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  25. Oh you lucky, lucky, girl, Gail ... Spring has found you! Stunning photos (you must have gotten dirty taking them ... how fun ... I'm a bit jealous)!

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  26. Gail,
    I was just admiring the crocuses in our garden this morning. What a lovely sight!

    And a very nice post.
    Lisa

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  27. So glad the cold has retreated and spring is on the way. or maybe, from your beautiful crocus photos, it's already here?? Lovely pictures Gail ~ I'm glad you got outdoors. I hope the warm weather lasts although I'm like you ~ not trusting it quite yet.
    Is your hand completely healed now? or still doing therapy? I bought a wrist support the other day because my right wrist is a bit sore ~ thought of you. I may be backing off the computer a bit myself!

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  28. Gail I am very envious of your crocus -- they are so gorgeous!

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  29. Better than the oscars, those crocuses deserve our attention. Fun post and some real show stoppers in your garden. WElcom spring! WE are only getting glimmers of it but it won't be long now.

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  30. You have quite an assortment of lovely crocus! I had my first one to open up today! It was a beautiful spring like day here in Indiana!

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  31. What a beautiful display...it should be, these gals have been preparing to take this walk for a year now...

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  32. Why oh why don't I have any crocus? I definitely will fix that this fall.
    Your crocuses are beautiful, especially the light in the line up of costumed beauties!

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  33. A Crocus loves the sun. 'Tricolor' is blooming in my garden too. It is a lovely combination of colours. I see you have a white Crocus too. Somehow I have managed to miss out on that colour - must do something about that for next year.

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  34. How lovely, Gail! You must have amended that soil big-time for the crocuses to spread.

    We can't have crocuses, they don't like the heat where we are. So glad you shared yours.

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  35. Clapping...I enjoyed this show this performance of these early stars in your Spring garden!
    I knew the if I think Spring I would find it sooner than Mother Nature allows in my garden....welcome Spring!!
    You made my toplist dear little crocuses!
    Today the shines bright once again!!

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  36. Lovely petite ladies in such pretty finery!

    Sorry that I'm so late to your blog post, but when the weather's good, I am outside all day. Our weather has cooperated for the last few days. I was so tired tonight that I couldn't even eat anything but popcorn for dinner! LOL

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  37. A beautiful performance, what lovely actors.

    Jen

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  38. Gail, They're just such welcome little jewels aren't they? Emily had it right.

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  39. cute blog entry! the tri-color is just fantastic!

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  40. All I can say is thank you for the beauty.

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  41. My oh my...award winners for sure! I can't wait to see my pretties :) I found snowdrops blooming on Monday. What a wonderful surprise!
    Thanks for sharing your beauties, Gail.

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  42. LOL, I have a unique ability to be both too literal and too fanciful at the same time. I just imagined all the crocuses literally walking down the red carpet, all cute and swaying and colorful, even against the stark color when OH NO! Actors didn't see them and they got trampled. ARG!

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