First crocus of the season. This is crocus tommasinianus, aka “Tommies,” an early species variety that is more squirrel resistant than the larger crocuses that bloom a little later.
Although ‘squirrel resistant’ in this case still means to sprinkle cayenne on them when you plant them, or the squirrels are going to dig up the bulbs, and your best bet is still to plant a lot of them, because the squirrels can’t eat them ALL. That’s my theory, anyway.
Plant as bulbs in fall — if you want Tommies next spring, set a reminder in your calendar to order online in August / September or so. They’re pretty widely available.