Saffron Bonanza

James Waddick
Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:20:58 PST

On Nov 4, 2013, at 5:02 PM, Gastil <> wrote:
> I was able to grow Saffron crocus in my yard years ago, before we had gophers. 

Dear Gastil and all, 

	Here all Crocus are squirrel treats. They persist a year or two and then they get found, eaten and gone. I can’t keep a collection, but a couple isolated clumps, except for this bigger patch of saffron. On this same s. w. facing hillside I have perhaps 500 daffodils planted and they fill the entire area in spring with foliage and flowers. I suspect there are enough daffodils that squirrels have just given up on finding anything tasty here and the crocus survive.  Sort of a bait and switch. I am fairly certain that if dug almost any where on this site you’d hit a daffodil bulb. The chance of eating a crocus are probably small. 

	Right now with crocus coming up in foliage and blooming, there’s no sign of the daffodils, but in spring it is exactly the opposite and I effectively get two floral shows for the price of one in the very same area. 

	I may be counting my days, but the critters have not found the crocus in over a decade. 	Wish me luck.			Jim W. 

James Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd
Kansas City, MO 64152-2711
Phone     816-746-1949

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