Crocus lawn

kristiepdx(8b, sunset 6)March 10, 2012

Last October I bought 1000 crocus from an online bulb distributor for $133 (5 different varieties of tommies). I planted them in small area of the lawn(approx 100 square ft) with plans for expanding every year. My tommies started popping up in late February and were in full bloom the first few days of march. While I love the visual impact, I do not think I will continue on with the expansion. I find myself walking though the grass and "checking" my other plants in the yard. I would just trample them. Anyways, thought the folks on here would like to see my crocus patch. My photographic skills leave much to be desired. The colors really POP in real life. The kinda look sad in pictures (NOT in real life)

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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Wow, I think it looks beautiful. Looks to me as if it would be fairly easy to walk there by stepping between them. And soon enough they just dissapear back underground for another year.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 12:24AM
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hostalover360(4)

Those Crocus are beautiful! I've always wanted to see a home photo of a crocus naturlized lawn, yours looks very nice.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 10:19AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

IMO the very best way to grow Crocuses is in grass. I think yours look lovely and they will spread of their own accord. I don't think a bit of walking will hurt them and I don't think you could eradicate them now if you tried. They will leave cormlets and seed behind. This is by far the commonest way of growing them over here and they seem to manage fine in lawns.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 11:41AM
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kristiepdx(8b, sunset 6)

Thanks! I really do like them, I am just afraid of stepping on them. I have (5) fruit trees hidden in my front yard along the north and east fence line. I plan on keeping the ones I have and MAYBE adding 1000 more and stopping. Starting again where these end at that narrow space and creating the illusion of a stream spilling into the main yard and ending in a swoosh of some type. Does that sound good?

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 12:23PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Don't you have to mow before the folliage has died down? My crocus are not in my lawn so I never thought about it.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 8:53PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Aren't they cute? :)

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 9:21PM
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wvbetsy(z6WV)

I have crocus growing in my grass and I didn't plant them there. It is a problem trying not to step on them.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 10:42PM
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kristiepdx(8b, sunset 6)

It really is a problem. To the right is additional parking, to the left is the house. When people come over, the cut through the grass. I had not anticipated this. I am not really the type to want to throttle friends and family at the front door, but this spring I have come very close.

The variety of crocus I choose were Crocus tommasinianus. These are of the earliest blooming types of crocus (so I've heard) I figured they would be over and done with by the time mowing is needed. The foliage is finer and shorter than the dutch crocus as well. We plan on mowing this patch high for a month or so after blooming has stopped. I don't think mowing will be a big deal.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 1:52AM
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