Botanic Garden and Attenborough Arboretum

Crocus Sunday poem

Purple crocus flower in a field

Written by Tim Relf inspired by the beautiful display of Crocus Tommasinianus (Tommies)

Crocus Sunday

When it's still big-coat weather
still make-your-nose-run weather
when frosts still and snow stays,
the 'Tommies' come.

These, the first fragile
splash of spring,
drifting into life
every February.

So pause awhile
by The Sandstone Garden.
there under the acers-

See their flowers open
as day unfolds,
close as it folds backin.
It's as if they're reaching outwards.

for sun
for Spring
for the perfect touch of purple.

Tim Relf


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