Towards the end of Summer last year I bought some bulbs. The man at the garden store assured me that these bulbs were saffron or safran in French. I planted them and waited so patiently for them to show some growth but October passed and then November passed and I thought for sure that I’d been misinformed. They finally popped up their purple heads about 12 days ago and opened four days ago and as expected the three vibrant saffron threads were missing. Such a shame. I’ve been looming over them for five months, so expectant. This year I am going to try again with bulbs purchased from a French producer and hope that I have better luck.