Monday, July 7, 2014

MY FIRST MONTBRETIA

My grandparents had these flowers growing all alongside their driveway in England. I call them montbretia although in the USA they are known as crocosmia. They were easy care and seemed to like the sandy well-drained soil of a coastal garden. I was thrilled to see the first blooms on the plant this morning.


Last year when friend Cindy, of My Corner of Katy, visited my garden she brought a nice clump of these from her garden. I am so thrilled to have my first blooms. Thank you Cindy. They go very nicely with a backdrop of those everywhere Texas ruellia. There is no sandy well-drained soil here, although our alkaline soil is well drained. I hope that from now on I will have these every year.

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  1. Lovely! I need to plant some here in the Massachusetts garden. In my parents' Michigan garden they would not take for years, but from the last batch I planted two years ago one clump seems to finally be slowly multiplying.

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  2. I have that same flower and really enjoy it. Beware that you might have 20 by next year. It's a nice problem, isn't it?
    David/:0)

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  3. What a lovely form and color. And you're right - they are perfection with the ruellia as a backdrop. Passalong plants are so much fun, especially when they also trigger fond memories of gardens (and gardeners) past.

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  4. My Crocosmia are nice this year, but I had the devil of a time getting them started. I found that the problem was that they have zero tolerance for the least bit of clay in the soil. I dug up what I could salvage of the plant and made a large place for them without any clay. I generally won't totally replace the soil for any plant, but made an exception for these as a sort of experiment since I already had them.
    At least I won't have to be concerned that they become a thug here. I doubt they will survive outside their prepared area. I love the blooms.

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  5. What a pretty bloom, especially with the purple backdrop.

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  6. Totally jealous! I, too, fell in love with crocosmia during recent trips to England. Do you know where they're sold around Austin?

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    1. I remember buying some of the corms a few years ago. Some of the ones flowering now may be from those corms. If they spread as I hope they will I will let you have some.

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  7. Just beautiful! I remember Crocosmia growing wild in the creek in Mexico, when I was a kid. So some years ago I got some bulbs and they came up, but they died on me! :( Maybe I water them to much. I just went and got me a plant a couple of days ago, so I will see how it does this time. Again your picture is gorgeous!

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  8. They are lovely. Our soil is very heavy but perhaps they would do well in the island bed, which is improved soil and raised up for better drainage.

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