Crocosmia is Blooming Now

Very few people grow this beautiful little bulb and I can't imagine why not. It's mid-June and the heat it on and here they come to grace the garden with the sweetest flowers. 

They are related to gladiolas and resemble their structure. I use them in bouquets in the house and they last a week.

Their only downside is that they spread like crazy so you have to keep them thinned out in order to get flowers. I have several places in the garden where they have been allowed to do their thing and the more crowded the bulbs become the fewer flowers

I've found that the ideal blooming clump is no more than a dozen or so bulbs.

If you are ready for something delicate and cheerful, add a few bulbs to a mostly sunny spot.
Diseases and insects leave them alone completely in our garden.


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