Today is a day of celebration. I am happy to announce that overnight I have become a proud mother to a dear little Carthamus tinctoria seedling. Hang on a moment, what is that coming up behind? A double reason to celebrate, we’ve got twins! Hopefully.
Actually I am planning for a much larger brood of the safflower or false saffron. I first came across this stunning yellow thistle a couple of years ago, and was instantly smitten, as you can see here in a previous post ID . Still I haven’t managed to grow one myself. Yet. This will be the season. Hopefully.
Last year I made a feeble attempt, but they suffered from parental neglect and came to nothing. In my defence, their preferred conditions which are “arid, poor soil” is hardly North Devon’s default climate. This year I will try again, hopefully in tandem with Mr Kingdom at The Rivendell Garden Blog, who I shared some seed with. Mind you, I’m not sure his South Wales environment is any more Kazakhstan-y than we are. This is not a competition. Just a scientific experiment. What do you say? A packet of chocolate hobnobs for the first one in bloom? After all it is going to be a fantastic summer and the dry and sunny weather that is on its way will suit it perfectly. Hopefully.