I spontaneously bought a small pot of crocuses last Sunday at the grocery store. I was on my way back from my early a.m. walk and I needed to pick up some cream for my morning coffee. That's when the small crocus pot caught my eye. At that point, it was a small mass of green grass-like spikelets.
I hemmed and hawed over buying it, worrying that the leaves and corms would die by the time I walked the half k home in the -25c icebox. The dream of having the surprise of purple on my dining room table in the midst of winter, however, was simply impossible to resist. I bought it. To protect it from the cold, I wrapped the flower loosely in a few sheets of paper towelling and popped it in my cloth bag.
It didn't' seem to suffer as it rewarded me with a peek of purple blooms a few days later, and now it is in full bloom. My old hand-me-down make-do digital camera does not even begin to show the beauty of the crocus, but I think the slight blur gives a soft water colour look to the little purple majesty.
I know this crocus is not the saffron cultivar, but I wonder, can I use the yellow stamens and styles for saffron?