I don’t know what the male equivalent is of “prima donna” , but Crocosmia “Lucifer” is certainly it ! I can’t go anywhere in the garden without it looking as if it is jumping up and down and shouting ” me, me, me – look at me !”
As soon as I step outside the back door , my eyes instantly go to the red at the top of the garden.
Seeing it backlit by the sun, at the entrance to the pond area, is just like a stained glass window – absolutely beautiful. The colours really do glow, not just the red of the flowers but the green of the leaves as well. I started out years ago with just 10 corms – they obviously like my soil as they are multiplying so well – each year much better than the last.
Even on a long shot, your eye is drawn to the red on the right – there’s no escaping it – it is always the centre of attention while it is in flower.
The Stipa gigantea in the foreground is doing its impression of spun gold, but there is Lucifer in the background, stealing the limelight once more.
It is fantastic for 4 to 6 weeks, I just enjoy it and then look forward to next year. I can’t help but laugh each time I see it – it is so outrageous !!!