They were graciously smiling at the passers-by from a, yet empty flower bed near the sidewalk.
These are very small, just 5-6 cm tall crocus plants, growing wild in Eastern Europe's woodlands and gardens as well.
Beautiful white crocus flowers
They bloom in early spring, shortly after snowdrops.
In full sun the blooms open up and show their pure white petals. As the sun goes down, these white Crocus flowers close up for the night.
White spring crocus closeup
The underside of the petals have a light purple coloration which is only visible when the flowers are closed.
White-purple crocus flowers
See also our autumn flowering, purple crocus.