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It’s here, my hardy little visitor from the future.


The first crocus to appear in our yard was brilliant gold. Photo by the Long-Suffering Husband.

The crocus makes me think of past and future Easter eggs, nestling in the grass.

In the deep past, the ladies of Minoan Crete collected the precious stigma of the saffron crocus for its brilliant red-orange color and aromatic properties.


The saffron crocus. It has extremely long stigmata, as in the Minoan painting below. Photo from Wikimedia (Victor M. Vicente Selvas)


Fresco from Akrotiri on the Aegean island of Santorini. Ca. 1500 BCE.

More on the saffron crocus here, including Alexander the Great in Kashmir…