Last autumn, my partner was given a bunch of saffron crocus bulbs (Crocus Sativus) for his birthday. It may have been a dual-present since he is definitely not a gardener. We planted the bulbs into two shallow pots and managed to harvest a small pinch of saffron. They stayed in their pots for all of this year and they’ve come out again in leaf; but there isn’t a single flower.
As saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, we’ve essentially had a cash crop failure, which is rather appropriate considering we’re (still) in the middle of a credit crunch. After they’ve finished this season’s growth, I’ll empty the two pots out to take a look at what could have gone wrong.