Why Crocuses Are Better Than Snowdrops
In my last post I may have ruffled a few feathers among some readers. (Or at least, feathers were ruffled among those readers who have feathers. For readers without feathers, I may have raised a few hackles. Among those who have neither feathers nor hackles, the impact of my words has yet to be determined.) In any case, what provoked this reaction was my statement that, compared to Crocuses, Snowdrops can be a bit dull.
Now, I’m not saying that Snowdrops aren’t garden-worthy bulbs, in a slightly inferior way. They are really quire nice. I’m just saying that Crocuses are better.
What makes Crocuses better can be summed up in one word: color. Winter is a time of black and white, a time that lasts for months and months here in Chicago. And so little white flowers, while welcome, just don’t have the same impact as the exciting yellow and purple, lilac and orange presented by Crocuses among the dead leaves and plant debris. And those golden stamens!
If Snowdrops bloomed in summer, their cool elegance might be more appreciated. Bad timing, Snowdrops.
And Crocuses are so upright and perky. They seem to be shouting, “Hello! Happy spring!” While Snowdrops are a bit dangly and droopy. They seem to be drawling, “Oh, thank goodness it’s warmed up a bit, but let’s not get carried away.”
Even white Crocuses are a gleaming, happy white, while the white of Snowdrops is more subdued.
Now, there is one important way in which Snowdrops are superior to Crocuses: Snowdrops are varmint-proof. Squirrels, chipmunks, and other evil furballs love Crocuses even more than I do . Sadly, they love Crocuses as a tasty snack. They find Snowdrops unappetizing, however.
So, what do you think? Do you accept the obvious superiority of Crocuses, or do you cling stubbornly to the notion that Snowdrops are just as good, or even better? And don’t say each is equally good in its own way, that’s cheating. Also, what is a hackle?