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I noticed yesterday when I was "touring the estate" as my sister says, the first crocus were open.  I have 2 yellow ones.  I think this is probably the earliest they have bloomed.  I re
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First crocus

posted at 2/17/2012 8:28 AM EST
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I noticed yesterday when I was "touring the estate" as my sister says, the first crocus were open.  I have 2 yellow ones.  I think this is probably the earliest they have bloomed.  I remember a few years ago it was Feb 27 when they first opened.

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posted at 2/17/2012 9:08 AM EST
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here-------my antique rose bush is in bloom--------mostly stays that way

but in the paper this morning the peach farmers are very wary------------because after 2 yrs drought riddled poor crops----------------due to all the rain and sunshine the blooms have set early----------------and if we have a late freeze----------it could all be gone-----------------

texas has a very large peach crop

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/17/2012 9:45 AM EST
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Lucky you Miss Judy!  We still have about 14 inches of snow on the ground AND it is snowing as I type!

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/17/2012 10:02 AM EST
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I am in the process of planning on planting in this "new" yard of mine.  I have what looks like a 5 to 10 year plan.  But I want to get it all done!  Problem is the trees are pretty expensive and I need several. 
The Tree Peonies and Hydrangeas I planted in the fall are looking good I noticed some healthy buds.  I am also looking to plant some vines along 2 fences I have.  I want vines that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies.  So my plan is Trumpet Vine and Clematis along with some Climbing Hydrangeas.
I also need bushes I figured a Bottle Brush Buckeye an American Hazelnut at least I can use them in baking and I am thinking Spicebush.
I will be on the look out for plants this year many times I find great deals at the end of the season so some of these may not get planted until the fall.

If any of you have had any of these plants let me know how well they do.  I am in the Northern area of Illinois. Zone 5.

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/17/2012 12:24 PM EST
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In this condo I have no planting space ~sigh~   I'd love to have a lilac

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/17/2012 1:33 PM EST
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Nice plan, Nikki. Hope you can get some good deals on your plants.  My husband always does his thing in the yard.  He came home with a flat of pansies a couple  days ago.  Hope we don't get any more frost.  We are also getting some daffodils blooming already, and some of the local flowering trees are in full bloom.

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/17/2012 1:44 PM EST
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I am not surprised that things are blooming and trees are budding thw way the weather
has been so nice the winter. We have not had any below 0 weather this year.

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/17/2012 1:50 PM EST
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hey we still have Winter here no flowers this wy we don't get warm till the end of april or even may

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/17/2012 1:57 PM EST
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I always know when spring is near I just have to look on my friends tree lawn and her crocus and daffodils are in bloom.Nothing yet but I'm sure we are not too far away from Spring.

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/17/2012 2:06 PM EST
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my iris are coming up and roses have green on them and i did see weeping willow have buds on them but now they are saying snow sat night into sunday live in seaford de

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/17/2012 2:36 PM EST
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No flowers here, but I do see the green tips of my crocus and tulips coming out of the ground in a few spots. Of course, I still have a piles of snow here and there, but  I am definitely getting excited about spring.

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/17/2012 9:39 PM EST
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GRANA  here; Hi  JODY O;
How nice tohave spotted your FIRST CROCUS of the year, possibly its only apearnce this year
One year my tulips  burst through on my bdd( NOV15th) Due to the UNSEASONABLY WARM  WEATER BACKTHEN  I was thrilled,then but, I missed them  in the spring hen they were once again;DORMANT!!!!!!!!!!!



as Feb 27 when they first opened.
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Re: First crocus

posted at 2/18/2012 7:13 AM EST
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You win!  I haven't seen the tips of any of my flowers poking their heads up yet, but I am still waiting for the Big Snow - we have only had a couple of inches all winter, and this is Wisconsin, for crying out loud!!!  No snow days - parents are happy, students not so much. and the farmers are still hoping for at least one good storm - BEFORE they plant for the spring season!

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/18/2012 9:31 AM EST
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The daffodils outside the atrium of our church were all up and blooming 3 weeks ago!  I was so surprised to see them I came home to check our yard....nope not yet.....however my viola's are just gorgeous!!

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/18/2012 12:13 PM EST
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This is my other really early spring flower, Winter Aconite.  I planted several years ago but only 3 are left now.  they are only a couple inches tall and kind of look like huge buttercups.

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/18/2012 12:16 PM EST
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In Response to Re: First crocus:
I am in the process of planning on planting in this "new" yard of mine.  I have what looks like a 5 to 10 year plan.  But I want to get it all done!  Problem is the trees are pretty expensive and I need several.  The Tree Peonies and Hydrangeas I planted in the fall are looking good I noticed some healthy buds.  I am also looking to plant some vines along 2 fences I have.  I want vines that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies.  So my plan is Trumpet Vine and Clematis along with some Climbing Hydrangeas. I also need bushes I figured a Bottle Brush Buckeye an American Hazelnut at least I can use them in baking and I am thinking Spicebush. I will be on the look out for plants this year many times I find great deals at the end of the season so some of these may not get planted until the fall. If any of you have had any of these plants let me know how well they do.  I am in the Northern area of Illinois. Zone 5.
Posted by nikki p


Nikki, I love clematis.  They come in so many pretty colors.  I've been thinking about getting one, but want one that doesn't get 20 feet tall.
Butterfly  bush would be nice for your butterflies and they come in a few different colors.  My father always said if you want trees, plant fruit trees and then you get both shade and fruit.

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/19/2012 2:13 AM EST
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My hyacinth have popped up already, but that's not unusual for Southern California. My lemon tree has burst out with blossoms as well. I love the scent of the lemon blossoms. Hopefully the lemons will stay on the tree and give me lots of juice!

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/19/2012 6:01 AM EST
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I remember when we lived up North, how we would await the blooming of the crocus as harbingers of the coming of Spring, one of my favorite times of the year.

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/19/2012 6:53 PM EST
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In Response to Re: First crocus:
My hyacinth have popped up already, but that's not unusual for Southern California. My lemon tree has burst out with blossoms as well. I love the scent of the lemon blossoms. Hopefully the lemons will stay on the tree and give me lots of juice!
Posted by Verlee T


Verlee, I used to have a little potted lemon tree.  Even though it was small it made full sized lemons.  After a few years it died and i haven't replaced it.  You're right about the scent of the blossoms.  it is wonderful.

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/19/2012 10:45 PM EST
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None of our flowers are up yet, but last week I saw four robins on our front lawn!!!
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