October 08, 2004. Autumn crocuses are so small that they tuck into tight corners, and are easier to forget about than their larger cousins, the colchicums, which bloom around the same time. And that's not bad - I like to be surprised by pretty little things. All of a sudden, there's the first one, on a single flower stem emerging directly from the soil, without leaves. The Crocus speciosus in this picture, with its sky-blue color, seems almost out of place in its place in the garden, already littered with fall debris and surrounded by plants that are starting to show their autumn colors.
Crocus speciosus ssp. speciosus