What with maps of Mars and maps of parades, there’s hardly any need for a Friday Fillip.
But I’m going for something a bit more down-to-earth than Mars and more colourful even than Irish green: the early crocus, a.k.a. Crocus imperati Ten. Spring will soon be here (folks in the far, far, far West will please put their hands down) and when that particular member of the Iridaceae family graces lawns and flower beds, we know we can start to unclench. We also know that other members of the Liliales order will follow in quick succession, until even the chillier . . . [more]