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I turned my front yard into a decorative mulched bed this year. I'm planning edibles that are prettier out there like okra with its big trumpet flowers and love lies bleeding amaranth.<br><br>
So when I started looking at bulbs to put in for fall this year, I had the same dual purpose hopes in mind. And I found that with saffron crocus. I just ordered enough for a row across the front of the bed <a href="https://www.mzbulb.com/dp.asp?pID=CO27" target="_blank">from these guys</a>. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I've never actually cooked with saffron, but it would be fun to try and this would be something that would make good gifts for the foodies in your life too.<br><br>
It might be fun to considering adding a spice to your bulb collection too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1121/5121647718_5c9b709cb6.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
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I've tried saffron, and its taste is pretty subdued... but you might have a better experience with it because you're growing it fresh. A little goes a long way though, and it does add a nice color to rice.<br><br>
I've always thought bell pepper and bush squash plants were decorative. But zucchini bush squash keeps trying to take over the world so I don't plant it anymore. I've grown okra too- it's definitely ornamental!
 

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Saffron is sooo expensive too... so if you can grow it yourself that would be a big saving!<br>
Having said that I don't think I actually like saffron, I had a saffron lassi in India. Its a local delicacy and I though it was disgusting..... although I should probably try it with other things before writing it off!
 
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