Crocosmia Lucifer is playing his usual game in the month of July. In the spring, his foliage bursts through the soil and makes quite a statement with its sword shaped spears. But this doesn’t give you any indication of what will follow in July. Up come the flowers and it is the main focal point of the garden for about a month. It seems that no matter where you are in the garden, no matter what you are doing, it is this beast that draws the eye.
I keep saying that I must divide the corms, but never seem to get round to it, so the clump is getting bigger and bigger. To start with the flowers are vertical, but very soon they arch over and lounge on anything near them.
The individual flowers are quite beautiful. To start with there are just a few…..
……before you know it there are hundreds of flowers, all shouting ” look at me, look at me”
But dear Lucifer, pride comes before a fall ! Lucifer is bowed to the ground with the much needed rain that we had yesterday, it rained hard all day, filling all the waterbutts and making the whole garden look bright and perky once more, he was the only casualty. I’m happy with all the rain and the garden is happy, I assume Lucifer will be eventually, once I’ve righted him once more and tied him to the fence, although he’s not going to look quite the same. I really must split the corms this year and provide him with some sort of permanent support for the future. But the thought of Lucifer wearing a corset isn’t good for his image!
Do you have any plants that are shouting for attention?!