The first sign of ripening!
They do. Wonderful flowers. Besides keeping bugs away, they have plenty of useful properties and health benefits.VERY impressive, @Chryssie ! (And one of your photos reminded me I forgot to start Marigolds indoors. I haven't figured out whether or not they keep bugs away from the rest of my plants, but I like the way they look, with their warm shades of orange and yellow. I have the full-size "African" marigolds.)
That's what i'm talking about! I'm saying it's not real saffron. The one that i have is "Imereti saffron" (barkhatsy).^^^ Interesting!
What we call "saffron" in English is quite different: it's pollen (stamens, actually) from a type of Crocus flower. So even though these two things are a deep yellow-colored powder made from flowers, they're different. The saffron from crocus blossoms is so expensive because it has to be harvested by hand from the flowers, and that takes workers a lot of time to collect just a little bit.