poetry and prose about place

the color of September #3 – a purple crocus from a brown bulb

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This morning, thinking of the long winter, I planted a dozen crocus bulbs.  The package promises large, dark purple blooms in early spring.


I planted them in small groups, in front of my concrete bench.  When they bloom in spring, I will be able to see them from my library window.  After a long winter, a glimpse of those brave petals poking above the dry leaves will be so joyful.




The crocuses we have now are bright purple and yellow.  I planted them years ago, when my son was young.  They have endured all these years and have even spread to other, distant parts of our property.  I think the squirrels must dig them up, rebury them and forget where they have stashed their treasure.




So, deep within the sienna brown of the bulbs is the makings of those purple petals.   Wow!


September 7, 2013  'crocus bulbs'   Jane Tims


Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

September 13, 2013 at 7:07 am

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  1. Wow, that second shot of the crocuses is stunning, the purple flowers mixed in with the browns & greens – and your painting drips with colours. Lovely x


    Gemma Hawdon

    September 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

    • Hi Gemma. Thanks! I love painting like this, with the color going where it wants. You will be seeing real crocuses soon??? Jane


      jane tims

      September 14, 2013 at 9:30 am

  2. What a gorgeous watercolour telling the story of bulbs waking in spring.


    Carol Steel

    September 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

    • Hi Carol. Thanks. The best will be the results of the bulbs I planted. Jane


      jane tims

      September 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

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