Today is the first ever Fascination of Plants Day, a global event that aims to celebrate and explore the importance of the plant life on this planet.
39 countries are participating, with more than 580 botanic gardens and other institutions hosting all kinds of events related to plants, conservation and the environment. I’m intending to find out what’s happening at the Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arborteum, who are hosting a long day of special activities. I will tell you about those when I get back.
In truth, I have already been fascinated by a plant this morning. Although I am packing up and moving and have avoided buying any new plants this year (a big strain on my willpower, I can tell you), I have been seduced by Suttons’ latest offering: the white saffron crocus. Apparently it’s Crocus cartwrightianus albus, also known as the wild white saffron. According to Rhizowen, it’s hardier than Crocus sativus and a wild relative of the commercial saffron crop. And he says that it’s fertile, which gives the potential for developing new varieties….
And so I have caved in and ordered myself 10 bulbs. They will be happy enough in a big pot on my parent’s patio for a year or too, and then they can come with me to my new home (wherever that turns out to be).
If you’re tempted by the white saffron crocus (or you’re putting in an order with Suttons for something else) then don’t forget to have a look at my Suttons offers and coupons page, as I may be able to save you money or get you a free gift :)