Lots of saffron crocus blossoms
I have been harvesting many saffron crocus flowers thai past week. I had planted only about 20 bulbs two years aho, and last year was the first for them to bloom. I only got about 5. This year, I have been plucking the flowers 4-5 at a time every day for the last week. The area they are planted in has some serious rodent protection, which includes wire screening under and around them, I also added some abrasive pellets that rodents hate to dig through. Looks like next year I will have to seperate most of the bulbs, as they are now getting quite crowded. I used a lot of bone meal this year, and even planted another 10 saffron crocus bulbs nearby the other ones. During the summer, its an area that gets quite overgrown with dill. Nearby, I even have some foot tall dill plants that have survived since late August.
Soon, a big batch of saffron rice with some middle eastern seasoned beef, lamb, and chicken all grilled, and served with a raw onion, and a few roasted tomatoes. Sumac is also used as a sprinkle on seasoning.