Crocus focus for bright February

From her Vosges garden, Cathy Thompson goes cuckoo for this month’s flowers

This is the month of ‘lurve’, and the little ‘tommies’ (Crocus tommasinianus) on my lawn are powering away in the February sunshine.

This little crocus is a must-plant; not only the earliest crocus to flower – particularly in a warm, sunny position – but also one of the best to naturalise in grass on lawns. But you must not be a picky gardener; either that or you should plant it in a meadow setting, cut first in June when all the bulb foliage has died back.

My little crocus ‘lawn’ is mown as late, in April/early May, as I can bear to leave it. Cut too soon and you reduce flowering and spread.

There are some really fine tommy cultivars. ‘Whitwell Purple’, a ...

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