In full flower in early February is the amazing Crocus tommasinianus, also knows as Tommy’s crocus, and among bulb collectors, simply as Tommy. It was named after the late Austrian botanist, Muzio Giuseppe Spirito de Tommasini (1794-1879).
Our clump below is over 30 years old, and is every bit as stunning as it was when it was young. Crocus tommasinianus hails from the Balkans region of Europe. Our plant is growing in rather dense shade, under the canopy of a Metasequoia, Abies concolor, and at the base of a giant Hydrangea macrophylla. In other words, it’s making this show in a rather difficult spot.