Friday, December 12, 2008

Blooming Friday

our yellow autumn-blooming crocus (Sternbergia lutea)


We don’t have flowers anymore because winter had settled in earlier. We are experiencing below zero temperature in the mornings which would sometimes last the whole day. Like today. And it’s not even officially winter yet! So for my Blooming Friday posts, most of them will be our flowers last summer and autumn. I guess that would be the case until spring comes.


For this Friday, I have chosen our autumn blooming crocus (Sternbergia lutea). I found a tuft of it growing in a corner behind our house on our first fall here. I thought it was just some grass but when I saw the bright yellow flowers, I was really charmed. Their golden color provides a striking contrast against the vivid green of their leaves. An interesting combination --- a fiery ball of beauty set on a lush cool foliage.


I find it poetic that when deciduous plants start to become bare, this richly-colored crocus sprouts from the soil. As the vegetation turns yellow to red-orange then brown, the ground gets lit by these gay colored flowers, giving a new breath of life to the surroundings. Like a re-birth of warmth and festivity, even for a short time. A sort of last hurray before winter comes and the ground goes to sleep.

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6 comments:

Roses and stuff said...

You're lucky to have that cheery little crocus appearing during autumn! So bright and sunny - what a comfort during those grey, dreary autumn days. I'm surprised to hear that winter arrived earlier than expected at your place - let's hope spring arrives a little early as well.
Thanks for your contribution to Blooming Friday - I hope your weekend will be great!
Katarina

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Lareine, good choice, amazing autumn flower I didn't know that there was yellow autumn blooming crocuses. WOW

Have a great weekend / Tyra

The Bumbles said...

Ahh - such a lovely treat to see when it is getting so miserable here - wind chill factor season is upon us.

andré said...

Nice flowers you're showing! Soon enough spring will be here again... although it feels distant right now. (By the way, where are you (geographically) located?)

utp said...

ravishing yellow...nice crisp pictures...

lareine said...

this is really late, but thank you very much for dropping by... i'm also surprised to see autumn crocuses, but i'm glad we have it...

to andré: i'm from the land of cheese, wine and baguette --- france :)... i know, i should try to do something regarding the "about me" profile... i'll try to fix that (soon, i hope :))

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