We have a winding trail of these beautiful flowers that appear in our front yard every spring, peaking out of the earth when the snow is still on the ground! We were inspired by their variety and show of color to the world after the long winter gives way to spring here in northern Michigan.
The cup-shaped, solitary, salverform flower tapers off into a narrow tube. Their colors vary enormously, although lilac, mauve, yellow, and white are predominant. The grass-like, ensiform leaf shows generally a white central stripe along the leaf axis.
Cultivation and harvesting of Crocus Sativus for saffron was first documented in the Mediterranean, notably on the island of Crete. Frescos showing them are found at the Knossos site on Crete. The first crocus seen in the Netherlands, where crocus species are not native, were from corms brought back in the 1560s from Constantinople.
Our Crocus Art Tile is a nominal 5x5 inches and 1/2 inch thick.
We hand paint each tile. The one in images has a pure white Snow Celadon flower outlined in lavender celadon. The leaves are True Celadon (light green) outlined in Dark Green celadon. The background is a placid and ephemeral pale Glacier blue.
Serious inquiries please contact our studio through message or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeaNigelStudios