Crocuses are spirited little flowers, their small trumpets standing eager on impossibly frail tubes.
Orange or yellow stigmas and pollen-bearing anthers provide a fine contrast to the sheeny, iridescent petals.
The purple petals of this more unusual specimen has a lightly veined effect.
It’s always interesting to see crocuses just before the buds open when the flowers are protected by a pale covering, and it’s easier to make out the central white stripe on the strappy leaves.
Once open, they are fugacious – their flimsy flowers are no match for winter gales and wind, so soon become raggedy and drop exhausted to the ground.
The flowers’ frailness makes them unlikely to be picked. Gathering the first one would prove a disaster.
But were I a bee, out in winter sunshine, I know where I’d be heading.
Shared as part of Cee’s Flower of The Day