Sunday, 29 March 2015

Orange Crocus

Last autumn I planted a small bag, 10 bulbs to be precise, of Crocus olivieri balansae subsp. Zwanenberg.  If that doesn't roll of your tongue freely, then you could always use the alternative name, as listed on the packaging. Crocus Orange Monarch - it's far easier to pronounce.

I blogged about them at the time, you can read the post and comments here. Suffice to say that I had been rather skeptical, as were most of you too, as to how the colour of the blooms would compare to those on the packaging.

Following advice given on the packet, I chose a very sunny spot in the front garden.      

Crocus Orange Monarch blooming 21 March 2015

The colour is more golden yellow than orange I would say.  What do you think?

Never in the creation of all things garden was 10 bulbs going to give me an eye catching display and to be honest, they were only planted as a bit of a novelty.  Which is probably just as well since I had forgot they were there and dumped a bucket of manure right over the top of them!  They've done quite well considering.  Here they are in their entirety - a rather meager display beneath the Itoh peony.   It will be interesting to see if they multiply as well as other Crocus seem to do in my garden.

Crocus Orange Monarch
Crocus olivieri balansae subsp. Zwanenberg  
  
Whilst I am not totally disappointed, after all I was skeptical from the outset, I suppose I feel a bit let down and embarrassed to say that I fell for their marketing ploy.  What about you, have you had any minor let downs or major disappointments this spring?

26 comments:

  1. It's a lovely golden yellow but it isn't orange as you say, which is a little disappointing as the orange in the picture looks gorgeous. Saying that, I quite like it as a cheer you up crocus and it will be interesting to see if they spread.

    My only disappointments is that a combination of the rain & wind knocked about my Crocus cream beauty which meant I didn't get to enjoy them for long. *raises fist at weather*

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  2. Dear Angie, I can totally understand your disappointment, since the crocus isn't really looking orange like the package photo and marketing indicates. But if I wouldn't know what color it was supposed to be, I would say that it is an incredible beautiful and good looking crocus. I am really in love the with golden, saturated, intense yellow color and the dark veining. Hope, after you have gotten over you first disappointment, you can take on a similar stance and just enjoy them, since they ARE truly lovely :-)!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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  3. They are pretty if not the bright orange you were imagining them to be. The trouble with any bulbs is that one needs a bottomless pocket to achieve a really good show.

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  4. rather more yellow than the packaging would suggest, but still very attractive!

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  5. Oh I was thinking of buying them but I don't like them more golden than orange so I probably won't buy these....this spring the biggest disappointment has been the lack of spring and the continuing of winter.

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  6. The gardener's life is filled with disappointments, but OH, the wonderful surprises that turn out better than we could ever have planned.

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  7. It is more of a golden yellow but mixing it up with the red feathering makes it look more orange. I like it! Hope they spread for you.The force is strong with them since they came up through a bucket full of manure.

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  8. They're beautiful--orange or not. With time, they'll probably fill in. Although I've found that (at least in my garden) it takes a long time for Crocuses to spread. At this location, that may be because of the squirrels and chipmunks. ;-) My biggest disappointment last year was lack of success with winter sowing of seeds directly into the garden. It seems to work better for me to start seeds indoors or to buy small plants and transplant them into the garden in the spring.

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  9. I find that you can never trust the package photos on color - the discrepancy in this case isn't as marked as many I've seen, which look nothing at all like their publicity shots. Those in your garden aren't really orange but they're beautiful nonetheless. I wish I could grow even ordinary crocus.

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  10. Even though not the orange you wanted, they are a lovely colour and the veining is beautiful. If they seed around, will they seed true?

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  11. They are pretty but not orange like the photo and if they spread they will give a lovely display :o)

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  12. I have this crocus and yes mine are definitely yellow Angie, I can sort of forgive the packaging illustrations to a point but find the use of "artist's impressions" in catalogues unforgivable.

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  13. I'd say yellow but still attractive . People often describe colours differently. My disappointment is only one flower on my Harmony mini irises.

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  14. No no, not the colour from the bag! More golden. I do not trust pictures from the bag, I often have baught pink tulips and had red ore yellow in it.

    Sigrun

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  15. They're not orange, but they are very pretty. I love the dark veins on the outside of the petals.

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  16. Definitely not living up to the photo on the packet Angie but still attractive enough. I see shades of gold, orange, yellow bronze and possibly some brown. The orange crocus is I suppose a bit like the blue rose ... rather elusive.

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  17. They are not exact like the photo on the packet, nevertheless they are very pretty. Pictures on bags or packets are always too much highlighted I think.

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  18. I agree - I wouldn't say they were orange, but gold or yellow. Never mind, they're still lovely, especially if contrasted with some purple.

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  19. Ciao Angie! Mi ricordo bene di quel post autunnale! Effettivamente dalle immagini sono un po' gialli ma capita spesso di avere qualche piccola delusione :) Però mi piace il fatto che li apprezzi lo stesso :) Attendo altre immagini della tua primavera :)

    Un saluto!!

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  20. Despite the deceptive photo they are still gloriously bright and cheery, I hope they do multiply over time. I do like the dark stripes on the petals :)

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  23. The veining on the petals are very attractive. You will have to plant more to create a wow factor.

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  24. I think they look better in your picture than on the package.

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  25. Pretty, but not as pictured! It will be interesting to see if they come back next year, I always seem to find that the smaller crocuses are more reliable. Such an important part of the spring garden though.

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  26. Actually, I think they're quite lovely, Angie! Like Alain, I like the "real thing" better than the ad in this case. And they're healthy-looking, which is worth a lot. My big disappointment has been that most of my bulbs have not grown or bloomed well for me this year. What makes it more embarrassing is that I believe the failure is because I planted them much too deep - I really don't know why, other than over-enthusiasm... At any rate, I think they might do well if tried again ;-)

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