Well, Hello there Tommie!

can you see them?

No, neither can I,

Oh wait, there they are!


Who would guess that 1,000 crocus tommasinianus would look so mingy.

That is if there is 1,000 left after the local squirrel mafia got finished with their snack bar. crocus tommasinianus is supposed to be squirrel resistant, that is certainly not squirrel proof. The good news, they are self seeders, so hopefully in a few years, I might see more than 20! You can read about my adventures in planting them, here and here.

 The stakes are to help you (and me) see them!


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  1. 1

    Darn squirrels. I have like three left! Now I can wait and see how many tulips show. I plant them so deep that I hope the squirrels got lazy, but the squirrels transplanted some crocus in my neighbor’s yard. I guess to wait and see.

  2. 3

    Barbara H. said,

    Oh, what a dirty trick! I have the opposite problem. When I brought my plants back outside after their winter sojourn on the enclosed but still very cold back porch, some needed repotting. Pecan! The clever little devils had buried some of their treasure in the flower pots. I hope eating the crocus bulbs is the worst damage – that that is certainly a high crime to one who planted 1,000 bulbs.

  3. 5

    Gail said,

    How disappointing for you! Squirrels and chipmunks are often not friendly to our gardens!

  4. 7

    Marguerite said,

    When I read last fall you were planting thousands of bulbs I thought for sure your yard would be a riot of colour. Those squirrels must be fat and round by now if they’ve eaten all those bulbs. Maybe they’ve moved them to another part of the yard and you’ll have splashes of colour show up in other spots?

  5. 9

    I feed them peanuts. Peanuts have to taste better than bulbs. Typically the critters don’t go after my bulbs with peanuts around. Skunks will, but I stopped using bulb fertilizer. The skunks seemed to like the smell of that more than the bulbs. I’d often find a bulb dug up but not eaten. I keep plenty of clover around for the rabbits, too. Most everything is safe if there’s clover on the menu. I think your crocus are beautiful even if not in the numbers you expected! I am sure they will spread in no time.

  6. 11

    What a cute post! That happens to me, too. I plant a ton of fall bulbs and when they come up in the spring I think… wait a minute! That’s it?? I imagine I’m donating a whole bunch of them to the critters, as well.

  7. 13

    Donna said,

    mine are eaten by voles…at least you had a few to gaze upon…rotten varmits

  8. 15

    Sandra Jonas said,

    What a Welcome Home!

  9. 17

    ricki said,

    That’s why I stick to narcissi (poisonous) and alliums (redolent). Enough of those, and you can sneak in a few of the tastier bulbs and hope that the critters won’t notice.

  10. 19

    teza said,

    Perhaps they [the bulbs] are nestled down and will make an appearance next year! Or, better yet, they’re teaching you the age old adage of patience makes the heart grow fonder. I don’t have many, and species I have no idea, but some have finished blooming, while others are only now peeking through the soil as grass like foliage! If it was the squirrels….. you know what I’m thinking!

  11. 21

    Mine have self-seeded prolifically and squirrels do not in fact bother them.

  12. 23

    That’s unfortunate Deborah, I really dislike when a ton of gardening hard work doesn’t pay off. 😦 Hope they spread and fill in over time.

  13. 25

    The trials and tribulations of being a gardener!
    Self seed?
    They are a nuisance and I’d not place them in grass near any border which I wasn’t prepared to be overrun by them.
    BUT they are a pleasing shade of violet and so much nicer than the golds, purples and stripes of the bred forms.
    So guess like gardening its swings and roundabouts!

  14. 27

    What a shame after all that work planting them, they will seed around so in a few years they should look lovely.Gardening certainly teaches us patience !

  15. 29

    Jean said,

    Deborah, I had a similar experience a number of years ago when I planted siberian squill in my front yard. I was imagining a sea of intense blue and instead got about 5 flowers dotted here and there. Sigh. Some day I’ll try it again. I hope yours do self-sow and spread.

  16. 31

    Wendy said,

    oh that will be beautiful to have a spring lawn full!

  17. 33

    […] perhaps, if I lie to myself, a few more tommies then last […]

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