Saffron in the Garden
Ok, to start off, I want to be clear that I am talking about the spice Saffron here:
And not my goat Saffron here:
Both great in their own way for the garden and both productive. But today I was wanting to share my short term experience in growing the spice Saffron.
About two years ago I bought a few saffron corms and planted them along the front border in a section of my front yard. To be honest with the drought, fires and other significant life events I forgot about them. I've not used saffron in cooking as it seemed somewhat extravagant for my budget, so this little investment was more of a treat than a necessity.
I had noticed over the past couple of months a grass like plant erupting from the soil. When I pondered it I decided it must have been something I planted as it seemed to be growing in a fairly even row...unlike the seeds from hay that we store in a nook nearby that sprouts voluntarily anywhere it pleases.
I was delighted to see a lovely purple flower a week ago and upon closer look saw the vivid crimson stigma that was dangling from the center. My eyes widened and I gently plucked them off, allowed them to dry and placed the shriveled specimen in a tiny air tight container. Since then I've had two other flowers and anticipate more based on the patches of greenery yet to put forth a flower. I've not enough to truly boast of, but I have watched another happy youtube gardener who said her plants can triple each year.
We've been in a 8yr drought and get heavy frosts for many months each winter, yet they have produced. It's a lovely way to segue from Autumn to Winter in Southern NSW Australia. 🌺
Has anyone else tried to grow Saffron?
Or has anyone else planted something, had life pop up and say "Hello", forgotten about it and had a lovely surprise?
I'd love to hear your comments and stories.
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