Oct 11-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: October: Oct 11-11
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Photos by Liz Siivola
Amongst the leaves    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Liz Siivola
Fall crocus    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Liz Siivola

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 07:15 am:

When Liz Siivola sent these photos in, my first though upon opening them, was Spring. But then I noticed all the leaves surrounding the crocuses and I knew it was Fall. Liz said that she spotted these growing in a Laurium yard and she thought it would be fun to see the delicate purple and white crocuses, against the fallen leaves. Sure is nice to get this last burst of colorful little flowers, before the dullness of fall sets in, once the leaves have all fallen.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 07:29 am:

Spring or fall these little flowers are a joy to see!

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 08:08 am:

How neat is that! Love it. Thanks.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 09:05 am:

Those are beautiful, thank you, Liz and Mary! I had no idea that crocuses bloomed in the fall. I'll have to look at ours to see if ours are blooming, too, now.

By Dunerat (Dunerat) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 09:30 am:

Great photos! I have a coneflower in bloom, and a delphinium that looks like it's ready to open up some swelling buds. I wonder if it's the unusually warm weather we've had for the last couple of weeks?

By victor parisian (Vlparisian) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 09:32 am:

I don't think those are Crocus blossoms. Similar, but not quite right... With Crocus there is some green foliage.

By victor parisian (Vlparisian) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 09:35 am:

My Bad... I found them. From Wikipedia...

Some Crocus species, known as "autumn crocus", flower in September to November in the Northern Hemisphere. Some flower before their leaves appear. Autumn/fall flowering species include: Crocus banaticus (syn. C. iridiflorus), C.cancellatus, C. goulimyi, C. hadriaticus, C. kotschyanus (syn. C. zonatus), C. laevigatus, Crocus ligusticus (syn. C. medius ), C. niveus, C. nudiflorus, C. ochroleucus, C. pulchellus, C. sativus (saffron crocus), C. serotinus, C. speciosus, C. tournefortii. Crocus laevigatus has a long flowering-period which starts in late autumn or early winter and may continue into February

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 10:10 am:

I was tending to agree with you, Victor, 'til I read your second post. Have to admit, in all my 'born-days' (76 years, to be exact), I never knew there was such a thing as "autumn crocus"! Delicate and pretty!

By Richard L. Barclay (Notroll) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 12:23 pm:

Love those flowers, and the pictures of them. The autumn croccus is the source of saffron and each bloom produces three stigma that are used to flavor foods and baked goods. Favorites of mine are saffron bread and rolls and the seafood dish paella. Very labor intensive to collect those stigma, though, hence the high price.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 01:58 pm:

I have deep purple and yellow pansies popping up.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 02:34 pm:

Beautiful pictures!

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