Friday, March 09, 2012


According to Wikipedia, the mundane sounding town of Croydon gets its name from the Anglo-Saxon for ‘crocus valley’. Somehow it doesn’t sound as attractive as Saffron Walden.

Circumstances have made me a little late with my photographs of these heralds of Spring, but today I spent a happy 15 minutes on my stomach in the garden, getting muddy. It was worth it, to look carefully at these little jewels. I’m not sure I’d make this effort to photograph Croydon*.

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* Apologies to the denizens of Croydon – I’m sure it has some very nice bits.


scottweberpdx said...

Love them all, especially the white with purple streaks!

Victoria said...

As someone who was born in Croydon, I can assure you it has no nice bits. They pulled them all down when I was a child. It was known as Croindene (crocus valley), and there are also lots of places around Croydon with the name Croham (Croham Hurst, Croham Park) which I think comes from the same root.
How's the baba?

HappyMouffetard said...

Hi Scott, I really like the striped one too - it's called Pickwick. Thanks for your comment.

Hi Victoria - thanks for further interesting info! Thomas is wonderful, thank you - we're getting to know each other and I'm really enjoying being a mum. I look at him and still can't quite believe he's ours!

Nadezda said...

I love your crocuses, I've got a lots of them too, but every spring I find them in different places.