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plant support for crocosmia lucifer

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 08:39

I think you should see flowers now that you have divided them. I'm not sure the time to maturity between tiny new bulb and flowering, probably about two years (guessing) since they are very very vigorous. Treat them mean too, so long as they don't dry out, I have never fed or pampered mine. Just regular division.  And dappled shade is fine also for my kind. I can't speak for every cultivar, mine is the unnamed common orange kind.

Oh and the bugs are black-fly. I get them too but don't worry, the ladybird larvae soon scoop them all up.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 21:23

The Greek head was carved in clay and cast in plaster. We broke some strands of hair removing it so I finished it with a stone effect paint to detract from the damage.

The Chinese Dragon was carved in air-dry clay and painted to finish because we were having difficulty with the casting methods. You can get hardeners to protect air-dry clay although I never did and lost a few pieces over the years because it becomes quite fragile.

I never owned a kiln (although we did look into it ) and was unable to cast the last head at the time which is why it eventually got sacrificed (it started to go mouldy under its cover). I also gave some air-dry pieces away as gifts (usually Fengshui dragons for good luck) but then stopped using clay altogether as I wanted to pursue stone, being advised to travel through wood first since stone can be extremely difficult.

I'm determined to get to wood at some point but currently have very little ability even to search for broken bits in the woods since I don't drive. But I will get there all in good time

Making Compost

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 20:14

I couldn't resist a peek at mine at the weekend and it already had a little heat at its centre which would be the first time ever.  It's looking really promising.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 20:08

Forgive me, this post is not about April or indeed ...being in my garden but a digression with a sort of garden anecdote:

 What hangs in my living room.


 Many years ago, I sculpted a head that I could not cast, so I sacrificed it to the garden. It wasn't weather-proof, so its long gone, but my plants have since grown

April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 18:54

@Eddie J: You're kidding, I live in Kent. That makes us practically neighbours

*flings a seed potato in Eddie's direction*

plant support for crocosmia lucifer

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 18:41

I'll check this out. I was tempted last year to buy a yellow version at B&Q (my local nursery for the time being as my husband is unable to drive).

At the moment I have the common-garden unnamed orange type, which I dug up from my mother's garden ten years ago and didn't realise there was such a difference in height/habit as well as flower colour. I must say, Lucifer sounds handsome!

April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 17:50

I did some sculpting work in my day, mainly teaching children but mine is household mostly in clay. I would dearly love to work in wood or stone, (I have a stone fetish) and I even had a very very expensive collection of chisels bought for me as a gift, (they belonged to a sculptor who died) but as yet wood chunks are beyond my budget. Lat year a lady cut down her massive pines and I knocked on her door to ask for spare bits but her mother in law took the lot for burning!

So, garden art is definitely an interest of mine when I find the wood.

plant support for crocosmia lucifer

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 17:25

I have never experienced flop with my Crocosmia  but then I've been dividing mine greedily for years. It's everywhere in my gardens front and back because it multiplies like crazy and I have  a stupid big garden to fill. But you cant fault the plant really! I love the clumps of bright green foliage in early summer, the little trumpet flowers in beautiful colours and even the knobbly bits that form after it goes to seed. It even thrives in shady spots for me and the die back is a splendid autumn show with natural mulch for the little bulbs until the spring. Gosh, a round of applause for Crocosmia.

Sounds like Gold1locks has good advice

Shady Border

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 17:04

I have two NE facing borders in my garden due to the house and some very large shrubs which each cast their obliging shade. But I don't mind this location.

Near the house I have Fatsia japonica (which I know is bigger than you want) and together both areas have hostas, Alchemilla Mollis, Crocosmia, Acanthus, Euonymus, Skimmia, Geraniums, Hebes, Aquilegia, Heuchera, Astilbe, Ferns, Foxgloves (biennial and perennial) Lonicera nitida, Clematis (with their heads in the sun) and that's not including things I don't have but want such as Brunnera Jack Frost.

There are also some plants I have found to grow in these locations with only a foot or two more of sunlight such as Euphorbias and some Spiraeas.

Digging up Spotted Laurel

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:13

From my experience you need to get down and dirty. After pruning the top down to a manageable stump, dig out as much soil around the roots as you can, hack through the larger roots with the sharp end of your spade, loppers or even an axe. Watch out for your toes!

I dug out a 15yr climbing rose two years ago and its only just recovering, ( I know you don't want to save them) and I'm not kidding that I had to go down a metre. I also have a 15yr old Choisya Tenata that needs moving so I'm with you in spirit if not body.

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