Lucifer Everywhere

I am not referring to the devil, despite our current horrible situations.

Lucifer is a crazy beautiful plant that I share quite often.

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There are other Crocosmias in other colors, but this guy is the king.

Crocosmia crocosmiiflora, Monbretia, ‘Lucifer’ is its proper name.

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It shows off for weeks in June and July.

It will need some support when the blooms develop. It likes to lean.

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If you do not have this plant, put it at the top of your wish list.

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If you are local, I will share some next year.

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Send me a request, so I can pot some up for you after it blooms.

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I wish it did have a sweeter name that doesn’t seem evil.

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I still love it.

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Coincidental Combos

I am all about the plant.  I plant them where they will thrive.  If they don’t do well in one spot, I move them.

I do this over and over.  So when a lovely combination occurs, it is usually serendipity rather than skillful selection.

Here are some combinations that I find fortuitous.  I can’t take any credit for the mixes and matches.  I will, however, take full credit for the health of each plant. They are my babies, along with the bunnies.

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Hot Chocolate Calla and a yellow spider lily
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Alstroemeria and yellow Coreopsis
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“Lily of the Incas’
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Giant Yellow daylily (no name) and Black Knight Buddleia
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Lucifer Crocosmia and Hot Chocolate Calla
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Jewels of Opar ‘Limon’ /Talinum paniculatum with ‘Orange Marmalade’ Crossandra infundibuliformis in the background
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Bleeding Heart vine (not yet red) / Clereodendrum thomsoniae and Fairy Lily/ Zephyranthus robustus

FLOWER goes with the flow.

My Other Favorite Plant

Montbretia ‘Lucifer’ is a Crocosmia crocosmiiflora. 

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Lucifer I love.   The flowers could not be a brighter red.

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The leaves are a lovely fan of green beneath the tall stalks of buds and blooms.

The structure of the bloom stalk is geometrically balanced and crazy pretty.

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This is a must for any border or bank in June and July.

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STOP! It’s RED

Why do we use the color red to signal stop?

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Mandevilla Sun Parasol Garden Crimson

Red has longest wavelengths we can perceive with our eyes.

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Turk’s cap/ Malvaviscus arboreus

Longer wavelengths are infrared waves, microwaves and radio waves.

We can’t see these longer waves, but can we sense them?

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I often wonder if we can feel red somehow.

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Petunia

When it is mixed with other colors it demands our attention.

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Morning glories and Cardinal Climber Vine

When it’s bright and big it makes us pause.

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Charisma Amaryllis

What does red light beaming at us feel like subconsciously?

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Why does it universally mean stop?

Red Hot.

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Jalopeno peppers

Red Devil.

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“Lucifer “Crocosmia

Do we all have an ancient memory of blood red danger?

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Bleeding Heart Vine

Does red make some of us blush and make others feel angry?

Hummingbird Vine
Hummingbird Vine

How does red make us feel?

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Sweet 1000’s

I wonder…

FOLLOW the FLOWER.