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richard.spicer.7906

St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Crocus vernus 'Vanguard'

  • Season Icon Late WinterLate Winter 2023
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richard.spicer.7906

Evening 👋🏼 had a busy couple of days planting at work and I pulled a muscle in my neck 🙄 nothing serious, but a bit sore when I bend my neck down slightly. Hoping it fixes itself in a couple of days. It’s a bit better today, so 🤞🏼. These are my fav crocus I think, lovely colour and a large flower 💜🤍

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juliesgarden

Take it easy hun .. I feel your pain , have arthritis in mine 😭

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Auricula

Lovely colour Richard💜. Hope the neck improves, mine’s never been the same after a spin on the waltzers the year I turned 40, had to wear a neck brace it elicited the response from my husband: “Well, what did you expect at your age…” still not grown up😂

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cheriej

They are stunning!! I love that color!!!💜💜💜

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islima

Very pretty!! I hope you get well soon 💜💜

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pelly

What a gorgeous sight 💜💜💜

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johninbrighton

@richard.spicer.7906 ..... Morning Richard .... Spectacular photo .... Love the colour .... Ask that special person for a neck massage ..... I'm sure that would help !!! .....

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hkyfvr

So many beauties. Love the colour. Hope your neck feels better soon. 💜

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nix81

Oh no! Easily done when we’re trying to get more active after the winter months! Hope that clears up soon! Loving the Crocus!! 💜

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richard.spicer.7906

Aw thanks Julie 😘 I hope it doesn’t effect you too much. It’s not exactly a nice place to have that kind of pain although I imagine it’s not nice in any of your joints. Mine is almost clear now, deep heat has helped a lot. Fingers crossed it will be back to normal by end of weekend 🤞🏼 @juliesgarden

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richard.spicer.7906

😂, we never grow up I think! The neck is almost better, just slight sensation every now and again. The waltzers can be quite a rough ride, I always felt sick after coming off one 😂 sounds like you had a bad one if you had to wear a neck brace😬 @Auricula

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Cherie! It’s got a very pale outer petals and then when they open they show these beautiful inner petals 🤩 @cheriej

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  • Season Icon Mid WinterMid Winter 2020
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richard.spicer.7906

Vanguard - it looks great before it opens with its silvery lilac outer tepals, and just as amazing when they show their insides 💜🤍 #crocus #crocusvernusvanguard

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lilybee

They're beautiful 💜

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nix81

What a treat! 😍

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johninbrighton

Fabulous.

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sherrisgarden

Great photo of a pretty flower. 😍😍

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  • Season Icon Late WinterLate Winter 2019
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richard.spicer.7906

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

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alysha

Vanguard is so official sounding. Very Handsome💜😘 @richard.spicer.7906

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telswirld

👌🏻

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KariSamuel

Sounds like a proper, gentleman's name! 🎩

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johninbrighton

Beautiful.

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richard.spicer.7906

It is a bit Alysha 😂 - always reminds me of that big US corporate finance firm too (although I don’t think these will make you any money 😂😂) @alysha

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks @telswirld 😁

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richard.spicer.7906

@KariSamuel 😄👌🏼

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks John 😊 one of my favs, although sometimes hard to find as often mislabelled in the GC @johninbrighton

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alysha

@richard.spicer.7906 lol. Too English my friend! Hahaha 🤣😂🤙🏻

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alysha

I sure do love these tho 💙 @richard.spicer.7906 whatever the name is.

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  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2019
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richard.spicer.7906

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

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anges

Looks lovely anyway 💜 I think I might have these, need to check ☺

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anges

No, I have 'Ruby Giant' 💜

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richard.spicer.7906

This is much earlier than last year, I had Vanguard as a late flowering one but then many of mine are growing at different rates in the polytunnel at the moment @anges

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ublaszko

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?

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richard.spicer.7906

@ublaszko I just tagged you in some previous pics for comparison 😊

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rzgonsalves

The flower coming before the leaves? Haha

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richard.spicer.7906

Crazy eh? 😂 although I reckon the leaves won’t come through now, it’s quite unusual for these types of Crocus, although you can get autumn flowering Crocus that always do that. @rzgonsalves

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

Crocus vernus ‘Vanguard’ 💜💟 #crocus #crocusvernusvanguard #crocus-vernus

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AlisaJ

Beautiful Richard 💜

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harebell

Simply beautiful

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lovemygarden65

Lovely 💜

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suerichards

Beautiful 💕

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richard.spicer.7906

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

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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 😆😆

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richard.spicer.7906

There are two very similar striped ones - Pickwick and King of Striped. The difference is dependent on whether all petals are striped, or if some are solid on the inside I think @ublaszko

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ublaszko

Good to know! 😊

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  • Season Icon Late WinterLate Winter 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

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

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brightcolours

Delicate beauty!

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richard.spicer.7906

This was taken a few days ago now, but they all looked stunning when they were open 😊 #crocus #crocus-vernus #crocusvernusvanguard

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brightcolours

Lovely! 💜

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brightcolours

#crocus #purple #white

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fuschia

They are really stunning Richard 👌👌

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kathy

Beautiful lovely coloiurs

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thomasrat3

Oh Richard, that would be my favourite crocus😍

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juliesgarden

Best yet Rich 😍😍

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richard.spicer.7906

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

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks muchly @brightcolours 🤓

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richard.spicer.7906

Definitely one of mine too, quite large flowers too for such a small plant @thomasrat3

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richard.spicer.7906

Aw, thanks ladies 😊 @kathy @juliesgarden @linfoster

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richard.spicer.7906

It certainly is Deborah - really pleased with this one 😊 @latebloomer

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richard.spicer.7906

Morning all, a bit of Friday #frost today on these #crocus ❄️ #crocus-vernus #crocusvernusvanguard

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justin

Beautiful pic as always Rich and happy Friday 🙌

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janric

Happy fri Richard love your crocus they look to be a larger variety to what has recently been on Gtags or is just how pic looks

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Justin ☺️, and here's to the wkd 🙌🏼 @justin

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justin

Hell yeah I'll drink to that! 🙌 @richard.spicer.7906

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debs69

Super pic 👍🤓

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kathy

Beauties with sugar icing

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fuschia

Ha ha @kathy that's exactly what I thought. Sugared crocus 😂

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Jan, yes they are very large - bigger than I was expecting, think the pot may already be overcrowed and that's before they've even opened 😳@janric

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richard.spicer.7906

Awe, thanks @debs69 🤓

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richard.spicer.7906

Haha, they do look a bit like ice Popsicles 😂, I'm surprised the birds haven't been pecking at them! @kathy @fuschia @linfoster

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richard.spicer.7906

One of my crocus pots is almost ready to flower as well 😁 #crocus #crocus-vernus #crocusvernusvanguard

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fuschia

Looking good

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  • Season Icon Late AutumnLate Autumn 2015
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richard.spicer.7906

Last one tonight. My first batch of Crocus are now poking through the gravel in their pot. Looking forward to seeing them come to life 🤓 #crocus #crocus-vernus #crocusvernusvanguard

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richard.spicer.7906

Planted 27th September

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krishnahairdo

Great to see the spring bulbs emerging 😊

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kathy

Hope they aren't too early

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elytime

cute

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fuschia

👍👍👍

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richard.spicer.7906

Yes, I was thinking the same Lin. I'm hoping as it gets colder the rate of growth will slow right down and they hold out till flowering till the right time 🤔 @linfoster

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