More About Us:
We live half an hour (by car) inland from Devonport on the way to Cradle Mountain.
Our household members are: Wife: Sue, Me: Peter and cat: Enus.
We live on top of this hill with stunning views of Mt. Roland and a bit of Cradle Mountain, Mount Emmet and Pelion West in the far distance. Opposite is a strip of the distant Bass Strait with an occasional small white box visible:
one of the Spirits Of Tasmania. We also look at Black Bluff, which means that we pay for our views with frequent buffetings from pretty mean Southwesterlies and Southerlies that take a runup from South America
via the Antarctic and over Black Bluff.....
My main interests in the garden are edible plants and trees and my obsession for about 30 years have been my saffron crocuses (which I call my babies). I started with trying to grow them from seed: with no success.
I then came across a few bulbs in a local nursery. I eventually realised that I had them growing in the wrong position, because they hardly had any flowers for years. After I shifted them to the sunniest position on the block
they have performed really well. Just one year, when we had an unusually wet summer, I lost quite a few bulbs and another year when I dug them up and stored them out of the ground in an open sided shed exposed to wind
for about 3 months while they were dormant they sulked and didn't flower that year.
I gradually extended the crocus beds over the years and in 2003 I proudly harvested 31g of saffron from 5500 flowers, and in 2005 32 grams from 4936 flowers.
We use it in our cooking and as presents for friends.