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Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE -

CROCUS TOMMASINIANUS LOVELY to see early cro­cuses in bloom this week, their vivid pur­ple blooms shiv­er­ing in the snow. Af­fec­tion­ately known as tom­mies, these are easy to grow bulbs which self-seed and freely nat­u­ralise. Plant in au­tumn a cou­ple of inches deep in scat­tered drifts. If you are let­ting them spread in lawns, which looks de­light­ful, don’t mow the grass un­til their leaves are dy­ing back. Na­tive to the wood­lands of south­east­ern Europe, they will do best in sun­shine, per­haps un­der de­cid­u­ous trees. The main prob­lem will be squir­rels, who are par­tial to digging them up and eat­ing them.

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