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Orange Crocosmia

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My first set of bulbs for these crocosmia were given to me by one of the people who built my house over 30 years ago.  They were growing in his mother’s yard, she had passed away, and the house had just been sold.  For me, I have found that flower and plant starts, not from a nursery, can come with an interesting story.  When I see the plant in my yard, it brings back memories of where it came from and more.

These are sturdy little bulbs, that can really multiply if left undisturbed for a few years.  When I think I have dug them out from a flower bed, I see escaped bulblets growing for years to come. 

Normally my crocosmia thrive when they are protected from deer, but I have them growing in all sorts of places.  There is one unfenced bed containing crocosmia growing wild with lemon balm, on a hill away from the regular deer paths.  Bearded iris and artemisia are also on guard – 3 out of 4 plants that our deer don’t eat, seems to save the crocosmia. 

Salvia – Snow Hill

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Salvia - Snow Hill

I’ve tried growing various salvias, but this is the first perennial success for me. The flowers might appear delicate, but I think they are sturdy. I’m thinking that if I can keep it deadheaded, I’ll have blossoms for quite awhile. Trying to remember how long it bloomed last summer, which was its first in my garden.

This small plant is positioned to be the first I walk by when entering the gate of a long rectangular flower bed, next to the driveway to my house. The entire bed used to be in sunlight all day long, but things have changed. Just up the hill, redwood trees have grown on the west side of the bed and now give late afternoon shade relief. There is a minor side effect to planting anywhere near redwood trees: those trees have a multitude of shallow roots that will infiltrate anything and everything. So, I’m learning to keep adding topsoil and plant flowers that can think of competing with tree roots. So far, so good.