04/03/19 - Crocus Update - ‘Vanguard’, emerges with very pale outer tepals, and then opens up to reveal the inner lavender petals, with bright luminous orange stigmas and lighter orange anthers. Quite a large flower compared to a number of other cultivars 👌🏼 #crocus #crocusvernusvanguard #crocus-vernus #crocusvernus
No idea what happened to the leaves of this lone crocus bloom, Crocus 'Vanguard' - probably some damage below ground, but the other bulbs are emerging fine. No idea what the orange bits are either, but I know they are getting taller. Possibly stigmas from another flower which has been partially eaten? Who knows 🤷🏼♂️ alas this bulb will most certainly suffer later without any leaves #crocus #crocusvernusvanguard #crocus-vernus #crocusvernus
I like this variety the way the outer petals are this sort of powdery violet 💜💜💜 I wonder if this is the same variety as the ones I saw at the university. Does it have small flowers like crocus chrysanthus or slightly larger like Joan of Arc?
They are somewhere between small and large 😂 - here is the full effect, as shown in last years display. A number of shops miss sell these ( I bought them from three well known places and got something completely different! ) - the pic in the encyclopaedia is also wrong as it shows instead one of the striped cultivars and not Vanguard @ublaszko
Now it all makes sense. 😄 So this one and the one I found at the university is 'Vanguard'. The striped one looks like 'Pickwick'. I remember the striped one is quite big but I actually prefer smaller varieties so 'Vanguard' would still count 😆😆
I had to get some new bulbs of this one two years ago, as the mice had eaten the old ones, but the replacements turned out to be a different variety. So another attempt this year and so far so good. Hoping this weeks scheduled rain doesn’t cause a washout! #crocus #crocus-vernus #crocusvernusvanguard
Ta Pearl 🤓 I had another photo of the inside, as the have really deep orange stamens (I think that's what you call them) but it came out a bit blurry. By the time I realised they had all got flattened by the rain 😩 @fuschia