Purple for Polio crocuses are coming out

Update: the crocuses were over by 20 March - we are looking forward to seeing them next year.

Very excited to say lots of the 4,000 or so Purple for Polio crocuses we planted around the former bowling green are now coming out - more every day. Here is a photo from Tuesday - I hoped to get one with even more today but then it rained...

Lots of crocuses - the squirrels have been enjoying some of these too!

Lots of crocuses - the squirrels have been enjoying some of these too!

Apart from looking lovely, and being good for some early-flying pollinators, they remind us about the Polio Eradication campaign. Purple, because of the dye still used on many millions of children's fingers when they have had a life-protecting dose of vaccine. Rotary have been supporting this campaign for many decades. The campaign is so close to eradicating this devastating disease but still needs support. So if you are inspired, you can find out more and make a donation here: http://www.rotarygbi.org/what-we-do/purple4polio/.

Once they have finished flowering, we will let the bulbs naturalise in the grass and hopefully will have even more next year and in years to follow. And probably some fat squirrels too.