Friday, October 22, 2010

Saffron Crocus

Lovely Saffron Crocus growing  in my neighbor's yard.
I noticed these during my short walk today, so dainty and looking so out of place at this time of year!
See the three red styles?  Those are collected and dried for the Saffron spice.  I guess the gathering of those tiny styles is what makes Saffron the most expensive spice (by weight) in the world. 
This crocus only blooms in the fall, making for a bright spot amid the grass and falling leaves.

Just another totally useless factoid - can hardly remember my address, but have a vast library of this kind of crap tucked away in my head:)

If anyone needs Hosta seeds, please let me know!  
The Hostas are large leafed, flower in early Summer with purple flowers, and grow fairly quickly from seed.   


Daryl said...

I had no idea saffron came from Crocus! This is quite a lovely photo. I would love some morning glory seeds .. hostas are too big for my NYC window box.. ;-)

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Glad to see you are enjoying smelling the (roses) flowers. So important in life. I too am enjoying that I finally have a garden full of flowers and no dirt after our remodel where our yards were left in shambles!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Love crocus! I have yellow ones in January.
I'll take some of those seeds!

Average Girl said...

Not useless info at all... considering crocuses are one of my all time favourite flowers!