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First bunch of crocuses came up yesterday, hereabouts.
(Pedantic Editor's note: "Crocus" is the Greek word for "saffron." Saffron is from the Arabic word "zafaran" - yellow. While the pollen looks like saffron, it's the ground-up stigma of the Saffron Crocus which produces the herb Saffron.)
Hi, Gwynnie. We've had crocuses out for about a week here on the Northern Neck in VA. Snowdrops are out too. It's light snow here right now (0800EST) but it won't amount to anything, as we're above freezing. Cheers!
Wasn't the Great Silk Road built on saffron? Just kidding, but saffron was considered gold and much of the trading from the far east was because of pepper and saffron. Pirate booty often contained saffron.