The autumn crocuses have emerged from their summer naps. I have one that is simply called Colchicm speciosum 'Album', or 'White' fall crocus. It is a pure white, and I love how the tiny blooms pop up from under the deep green mat of kinnikinnik (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi).
That was something of an inspiration on my part. I tucked the bulbs in under the woody stems of the groundcover kinnnikinnik and it works to hide the wimpy crocus foliage, especially as it fades. The tangle of woody stems holds the nodding crocus blooms more upright; on their own the weak stemmed crocuses tend to swoon and fall over.
The contrast of the white crocus bloom and glossy green kinnikinnik foliage is the perfect combination. Someone will surely ask me how I get my kinnikinnik to flower in the fall, since it looks like it is the groundcover that is blooming.
I need to move some of the crocuses to spread out more in the green mat. Here a lone crocus chases a fleeing chicken.
(They are the easiest chickens to care for, but they are afraid of their own shadows most of the time, and bugs and flowers terrorize them. I move them about the garden frequently to ease their anxiety.)
Here a bee tumbles upside down inside a crocus to get at what he wants.
Colchicums only last a short time. They are nowhere to be seen all spring or summer, and when they come up in the fall, it's just for a brief show, easy to miss.
But with their pure white faces looking up from their bed of green kinnikinnik I notice them as soon as they open.
I just wish the chickens appreciated them.