Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Manitoba Crocus

The Prairie or Manitoba Crocus is one that most Manitobans know well. I can recall as a child that we had meadows filled with them.

I have always loved this diminutive flower.It grows low to the ground and blooms before most of the grasses even start to grow.


Nowadays it can be a challenge to find these flowers growing in the wild.I should mention, that these flowers do not grow well when dug up and planted in a garden.It is best to leave them where they are and enjoy them so future generations can also enjoy them. 
I did find out about a small patch in rural Manitoba that had Crocuses like I remember from my childhood. These locations are not given out too readily, for fear that the flowers may be picked or dug up.

The color of these early spring flowers is so soft and gentle.
I did find out while my reading about these flowers, that they are actually poisonous to people, but only if ingested.

Isn't that just the most pretty sight? To walk in a meadow like this one has to be so careful not to step on any plants.


Those short stems are covered in soft hairs, almost like a soft blanket to keep them warm.By now these flowers are only a memory, till spring rolls around again next year.


Something To Think About:
Matthew 6:28-30 NIV
[28]“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. [29] Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. [30] If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

14 comments:

  1. I didn't know about these, they are beautiful! And they do look a bit different than the regular cultivated ones here. But they are just as pretty, if not more so. They open wider!

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  2. These are such sweet flowers, hardy growers where they are. How wonderful to have come across a field of them.

    Lovely, encouraging scripture also ~ Have a great day dear Ruth ~ FlowerLady

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  3. they are stunning and i did not know about the transplant or pick thing. i love the one with all the grass and flowers. so beautiful. i may need my eyes examined, when i saw the title in my feedly list i thought Manitoba Circus????

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  4. The flowers are beautiful -- I can understand why the locations of clumps of these beauties are kept under wraps. I hope they continue to bloom in the wild for years to come.

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  5. How neat.... I had no idea that the Crocuses would bloom like that in the WILD.... They are gorgeous... I love seeing an entire field of them.... Thanks SO much for sharing this..

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. What a treasure these little beauties are! As others have said, the sight of them blooming in a field of dead grass is amazing.

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  7. Oh what pretty little flowers they are and wonderful to see so many of them.

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  8. Very interesting info about this beautiful little flower. I sure wish people would stop digging them up. Isn’t it interesting how God wraps them with tiny hairs (a blanket) to keep them warm? What an amazing God we serve!! So glad you found this field so you could share these jewels with us!!!

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  9. The crocus are beautiful. We have them here, and they will even pop their heads up through the snow. They do not last long as the weather is so unpredictable. I like the verse from Matthew, and read it often. There are so many verses about worry, just wish I could remember them when I start worrying. Lovely post.

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  10. What a nice flowers. Never seen them. So special.

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  11. Beautiful. They do look like the crocuses you buy. Hope more people realize they should not pick them to ensure their survival.

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  12. the first flower we see in spring, thriving against all odds!!!

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