Pretending to be a ribbon isn't all that easy. I found that out when I was seven or eight and have never tried it again.
|Crocus ancyrensis 'Golden Bunch'|
I'd been reading a book, of course. It may have been Caddie Woodlawn, or something like that—a tale of pioneer communities in the 19th century and the odd smatterings of Civilized Behavior that followed them from non-pioneering places. One "civilized" thing the girls did was to practice fainting gracefully.* They were supposed to pretend to be ribbons falling, and then in theory a graceful swoon was theirs for the asking. I wasn't all that interested in swooning, but what with my parents refusing to buy me a horse or let me start a fire in the schoolhouse (only so I could help put it out, of course!), it was one of the more manageable feats in the book to try for myself. Pretending to be a ribbon, though—I don't know. Even on the shag carpeting that graced our home at the time, I mostly ended up feeling bruised and kind of stupid. I guess you're either a swooner or you're not, and 20th-century girls are just mostly not.
Crocuses are like that, too.
Some of them are as sturdy as all get-out. The 'Cream Beauty' Crocus chrysanthus that started blooming the first of February have just now faded away completely, a month later. They withstood snow and wind and the neighbors' cats and looked beautiful for weeks without making a grand fuss about it.
The 'Golden Bunch' Crocus ancyrensis, on the other hand, for all their bold, vivacious coloring, are a lot more delicate. They balked at blooming through a colder than average February; when they did bloom, they only opened their petals part way. Dropping a camera on them (ahem) absolutely cr-r-r-rushed their spirits. Their wounded looks chided me clear across the garden. Compared to the other crocuses, the 'Golden Bunch' are less likely to come back from one year to the next, quicker to fade away once they bloom, and a lot more likely to
But don't they do it gracefully?
* Because that's a useful skill for farm women carving out homesteads on the open prairie.
I was doing a search on "how to swoon gracefully," as one does, and came across an actual set of swooning lessons. As always, be sure to consult with your doctor before starting this or any new exercise program.