Crocus speciosus flops over?
I ordered some fall crocus (Crocus speciosus, Crocus s. 'Conquerer' and Crocus s. 'Oxonian'), and just read a very interesting page about them at the Paghat's Garden website. (ALL of Paghat's comments are fascinating.) Evidently Crocus speciosus has very long weak stems and flops over as soon as it blooms, and 'Conquerer' blooms are bigger and even worse. Paghat experimented with planting these fall crocuses amid various ground covers to help prop up the flowers. She tried a couple of wild geraniums with some success and also Muscari boitroyides which produces grass-like leaves in autumn that help support the flowers.
Does anyone else have any experience and suggestions for displaying these crocuses well? I'm not looking forward to seeing these beautiful blooms smashed down in mud after a heavy rain.
Paghat lives in zone 8, Pacific Northwest and I live in Zone 6, New England. (--Just in case that makes any difference.)
Thanks for any comments,