A friend who lives in Huddersfield tells me the crocuses she planted in the church garden last autumn haven't come up.  She has dug them up and there doesn't appear to be any mice damage.  They aren't in a shady position, and everything else is growing normally, so I wonder what has happened to these crocuses - any ideas? 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,722

    Do we know what type of crocuses these are? 

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Birds? Sparrows particularly like the yellow ones.image

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    When she dug them up had they put down a root system?

  • Swiss Sue............the sparrows won't damage the bulbs but I agree about the sooner out and...............pecked to bits.  Same as primroses...........they really do seem to like themimage

  • Keyser SozeKeyser Soze Posts: 124

    Are you sure she didn't plant pickled onions?

    Sorry, couldn't resist that one! It is such a shame though, the waiting and expectation is bad enough without having them fail.

    I hope she was rewarded with some other spring beauties instead.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Squirrels will dig them up and take them but if the bulbs are all there, it rules that out. Some of the birds have had a nibble at a few of my cream ones, but it's the yellows they're particularly fond of. If they haven't flowered though, it also rules that out. They're normally pretty forgiving of conditions. Is they're something unsuitable in the area they're planted like a bog for instance? Or are they planted too deeply?

    Or were they Autumn crocus perhaps - Colchicum (naked ladies)- and not the usual spring flowering ones?

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Fairy you've done it now, it will be Colchicum fever imageimage

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