One Word Photo Challenge: Saffron

Daffodils blooming at the end of March 2014

Daffodils blooming at the end of March 2014


Saffron may also be described as “pollen yellow.”  Saffron, the spice, comes from the stamens of a particular cultivar of Crocus.

One of the most expensive of all of the spices, it has been cultivated and treasured for many centuries.  Such a rich warm color!


Crocus in bloom, with their "saffron" stamens covered in golden pollen.  This photo from February 16, 2014

Crocus in bloom, with their “saffron” stamens covered in golden pollen. This photo from February 16, 2014


How nice it would be if I were posting more photos of our own early saffron yellow Crocuses today, but that will have to wait.  Ours are resting under 6 inches of fresh snow.

The yard is beautiful, but there will be no ‘saffron’ photos taken in the garden today!  This winter has been so long and cold that no part of me want to show you photos of the snow.  I’ll stick with photos of flowers, if you don’t mind.


Our front border last March 22.  We had a cold, late spring last year.  I wonder when we'll see these appear again?

Our front border last March 22. We had a cold, late spring last year. I wonder when we’ll see these appear again?


I’ve looked back into the photo files from last spring to find a bit of golden yellow saffron for Jenny’s challenge today.  Have you ever noticed that the very first flowers each spring are usually golden yellow?  Yellow Crocus, Forsythia, Witch Hazel, Dandelions, and Daffodils usher in each spring.


March 23, 2014 parkway and flowers 055~

I hope you enjoy them, and know that this year’s saffron yellow flowers will emerge from the thawing ground any time now.


Our yellow crocuses are currently under the snow.  This photo of them was taken March 2, 2014.

Our yellow crocuses are currently under the snow. This photo of them was taken March 2, 2014.



One Word Photo Challenge:  Saffron

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014 




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17 responses to “One Word Photo Challenge: Saffron

  1. And here I am thinking it was cold this morning in Florida 😉 Thanks so much for sharing your saffron. These flowers are gorgeous. I’m sending warm weather vibes your way so that your flowers may pop up from under the snow.

  2. I always refer to early spring as “the yellow season”. I love snow, but you must be getting tired of it.

    • I love that, Rickii, “the yellow season.” 😉 We have lots of golden sunshine today, which is wonderful and makes the snow sparkle. We’re soundly snowed in. A neighbor tried to get out mid-morning and turned back at the end of the street. Snow becomes ice and ice becomes like solid rock in temperatures like this. Those golden yellow spring flowers are well insulated, at least, until the thaw 😉 Best wishes, WG

  3. WG, great saffron photos especially the crocus, both purple and yellow. We got close to nine inches in Amelia maybe a bit more in places but not as bad as predicted. I’m heading out for Florida tomorrow morning where I am informed temps will be in the fifties. That will be almost balmy, won’t it? Glad to read you had a good day today and the storm didn’t disrupt too terribly much.

    • Well Barbara, a trip to Florida in the midst of the coldest week in over a century sounds like a stroke of genius to me! Someone was certainly planning ahead. It has been bright and sunny here, which we’ve appreciated. My better half spent most of the day on the business end of a snow shovel. Our power stayed on and the house is warm. What more may one ask for in mid-February? Did you keep power? Any more damage to your trees? Have a good trip, Barbara 😉 Safe travels….

  4. Oh, my! Six inches of snow? That is A LOT for you… what a crazy winter this has been (and it ain’t over yet!) Is it at least melting? It must be hard to imagine your daffodils blooming a month from now. Hang in there!

    • Eliza, you are a dear to be so optimistic and kind sitting there with feet upon feet of snow. 6″ is enough to be pretty and to require shoveling, which my kind partner did for us. He has the cars free, but no one is going anywhere anytime soon. No one on our street has gotten out today, but we hear the plows in the distance on the main roads. We hit 35 today and had gorgeous sun for most of it. Our lows tomorrow and Thursday will set a record not touched since 1904. Yes, a crazy winter, and it ain’t over yet…. Giant hugs 😉 WG

      • Do folks put snow tires on down there? Probably not, I’d guess. It is plain crazy to drive without them when there is snow covering the roads. Even with snow tires, I stay home until the roads are clear. I crashed my car once and driving in snow has made me really nervous ever since.

        • Glad you were OK from the crash. How scary to lose control on ice and snow. Happened to me once in an MG trying to get home from school on a snowy day. You know, we run “all weather” tires. I have 4WD on my car, so we use it in heavy weather. We don’t have any snow at all some winters- just so unpredictable. You can buy snow tires here, but most people in eastern VA don’t have them. They do a good job of treating and snow removal on the main roads, if you can get to them 😉 The world just kinda stops for a day or so here when it snows….

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