Sunday, March 07, 2010

Thanks, Allie!


My friend Allie was house hunting about the same time Robb and I were. Now that we're all settled, we're doing a bit of plant swapping. Last weekend, she brought over some goodies, including a pot of crocosmia.

Crocosmia are native to South Africa (which has a climate similar to ours), and are related to irises. They grow from corms, and are particularly interesting in that the corms form chains, with the oldest ones at the bottom of the bunch. The roots of the oldest corms are able to actually drag the chain deeper into the soil.

Crocosmia grows very happily around here. The hummingbirds love it. The incredibly-hard-to-photograph bushtits do, too.

Back in January, I divided some of the crocosmia that came with our house, and put them next to our little herb garden. Allie's crocosmia were planted on the opposite end of this same garden bed. I'm not sure if they'll bloom this year, or not.

Our garden boasts a lot of plants that grow from bulbs or corms or rhizomes. I'm loving this, because it gives me the freedom to temporarily "park" these plants somewhere for a year. When I get a better handle on my garden, I'll be able to move them again, without doing much harm.

Also, when things go dormant, I'll be able to share some of my garden bounty with my friends.


Anonymous said...

NOOOOOOO! These guys are SO HARD to get rid of! You may love them now, but when they drop their millions of tiny little red seeds all up in your herb border (with a 110% germination rate, I swear. Don't ask how) you will rue the day you voluntarily planted this in your garden. RUE IT.

By the way, I love your blog. I just found it yesterday and have spent an embarrassing amount of time reading it. Great writing! Thank you for it!

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

My entire garden is populated by plants with that sort of reproductive strategy.


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