So, a year or so ago, I was gifted with a car boot full of plants to help me hold territory against the encroaching wilderness.

plant haul

Most of them got planted out in the weeks that followed – but I didn’t quite manage to find space for all the crocosmia by the time winter had come along, and I assumed that I had missed the chance to get them into the ground. Crocosmia are pretty tough (I should know, I spent several years trying to beat them back in the old garden) but no plant wants to spend a Scottish winter in an old recycling bin lined with black plastic.

Well, except crocosmia, which proved it is genuinely indestructible by not only surviving, but flourishing and is now flowering again.

crocosmia flowers

I’m a sucker for anything that survives against the odds – especially something that does such a good job of cheering up August, when a lot of the other flowers are looking a bit tatty. So despite slight nervousness about its invasive tendencies, I have added it to a corner of the garden where it can fight it out with the buddleia, another plant that will still be with us come the apocalypse.

crocosmia planted out

As you can see, the garden is still very much a work in progress…

Which may well be some time next week, if the news is anything to go by.


4 Responses to Indestructible

  1. Flighty says:

    After a poor start my crocosmia has had it’s best year yet. xx

  2. Charles says:

    I pulled up crocosima and put it in the compost. I now have it in my veg plot…I pull it up and put it in the real bin. It’s tough, it’s ugly and it gets in the way…..lets see who wins.

  3. disgruntled says:

    It is amazingly persistent stuff. Probably one to manage and enjoy rather than try and eliminate

  4. RobbyeFaye says:

    I’m not familiar with Crocosmia (or maybe I am and just didn’t know the name!). I need to try my luck with it, it seems everything I plant wants to die regardless of how well I care for it!

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