Posted: 13/09/2013 at 00:04
I reckon the corms of Crocosmia Lucifer are hardier than anybody thinks. I bought a few bulbs (fully grown in a pot) from a garden centre. As we thought they were a bit expensive I shared them with my cousin. I planted my 2-3 directly so they could be seen from the house and they made a brilliant show for about a couple of years. Unfortunately it was time to alter the small space where they were and I hate disturbing anything before its got going properly. We needed to slab that small bit. I rescued all the corms I could find split them and put them in a better space. They are looking well in their new home but need a couple of years to flourish a bit better. I could not believe the rest of the corms I had missed coming up around the edges of the slabs we put in. I really thought I had found all the corms. What a lovely structural plant to keep coming back like that. I also have some small orange montbretia. It was a couple of bulbs brought from the hillside at Tintagel back in the 1970s. I have to keep these down or they take over.