Today was an unseasonably warm day, and I came home to find a few more blooms in my new saffron bed in an otherwise wintry garden.
Saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) in the garden today
Also, since in my last saffron post I included an 18th-century Persian-language reference to the saffron crocus from India, here is another text about Crocus sativus and its cultivation from the same time period but a rather different cultural context, namely England:
Saffron culture appears to have been quite important in England during that time. The town of Saffron Walden even got its name from the pretty little spice plant.