Posted: 07/03/2014 at 19:49
I visited a saffron farm a couple of years ago - up in the mountains in the Pyranees. The bulbs were grown on a steep slope facing the sun, in somewhat barren ground. As has been said already, they need to roast in the summer, then the autumn rains will bring them into growth, and flower. The flowers were over quite quickly after which the plants quickly looked rather dejected. Probably not the best bulb to grow if you're after nice flowers.
I planted some up in my garden, but lost them all after a year - too wet, I think.