CG wonders about a lot of things. After looking back through the blog, he wondered why, after planting less than a dozen smallish unique bulbs, would he apply the label 'Will Trade'? After all, it takes a few years and a more substantial initial planting before a gardener is ready to trade.
Turns-out that CG should be more trusting. While researching to find tips/tricks on how to harvest the saffron threads (and then what to do with them), CG read that people have been trading saffron for more than 4,000 years.
To this day, saffron is among the world's most costly spices by weight.
From what CG can research on the blog, these crocus were planted in September 2010. They sprouted less than a month later, but never bloomed. CG might remember to order & plant more of these next Fall. They might grow well in the Farm Bed.
It may take a few years, but CG is bee-termined to have more saffron than he knows what to do with
(that may already bee the case- 12 saffron 'threads' were harvested today,
-they're drying on top of the fridge now)
(CG has no immediate plans for the saffron)
(except that they may have already served their purpose-
by allowing CG to correctly claim that he has grown
and harvested his own saffron)
Why the long dry-spell between blog posts?
The drought that hit was damaging not only to the plants.
CG was hit hard as well.
Not being able to keep-up with watering,
there was a lot of stress.
Some plants seemed like they were unable
to survive the incessant heat -even with ample water.