Monday, August 4, 2014

Crocosmia . . .

 you may remember
this flower from
my photos of the past week
the flower is called crocosmia
I saw this flower in Ireland for the first time in 1998.
the hedge rows are filled with crocosmia.
and because there is a misty rain
happening sometimes daily in Ireland,
the crocosmia grows in abundance
the vibrant orange/red color
mixes beautifully with the hillsides of emerald green
pronounce it like this
cutting some of the flowers for the inside is such a treat
 I like the unfeathered part of the flower
as much as the part that opens in full flower 

 one of my little secrets is that one of the flower fronds
 found its way inside my suitcase after my first trip to Ireland
it was planted here in our yard and the flower has continued to thrive
since then in several places throughout our gardens
primary election day on tuesday
 I will be doing my bit of community service
by working the election
don't forget to get out and vote
I will be visiting with you again,
later in the week
until then
Love, Lynne




TexWisGirl said...

read your post title and wanted to respond, 'gesundheit!' :)

it is gorgeous, you sneaking smuggler!

Jen Vandervoort said...

They are gorgeous...and bring back memories of New Zealand and it's fields of yellow crocrosmia...if only I had known then what they were, I would have appreciated it even more.


Jenny said...

They are gorgeous.

eileeninmd said...

Lynne, it is a lovely flower. I am happy it survived the trip to your home and is growing well. We already had our primary election..Enjoy your day!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Quite a lovely flower indeed Lynne!

From the Kitchen said...

What a beautiful statement those flowers make--in the garden and in the house.


Kerin said...


Ah-ha .. that's why I've never heard of them before ....glad you were able to get them to grow, and delight you with the memory of their origins, and their continued blossoms.

Best of luck working the election!!

Gail said...


This looks similar to the old fashioned flower we call Japanese lily or Blackberry lily.

Pondside said...

These grow thickly at Pondside - a bit of a thug in this climate, but a welcome burst of new colour at the height of summer. What a lovely way to bring a memory of Ireland home with your.

Snap said...

I love the bright color of the crocosmia. Sneaky you! (Well done) I'm going to do some research and see if it will grow in my area.

Bonnie said...

A stow-away, huh? I planted these so many years ago. They did really well for awhile then were choked out by some mondo grass I have been unable to dig up. This year the crocosmia returned and I have one very lovely bloom. I may try to move them. I love them! Bonnie

Musings from Kim K. said...

Loving your special smuggled cargo. A gorgeous bloom.

Anonymous said...

In love with the feathered areas. LOVE! You did well to steal this flower from another country and bring it to all of us here in the USA. You little thief, you. LOL

Missy George said...

I planted them at least three times and they never make it through the winter so I have given up. They are beautiful though. Have a good day.

Lois said...

Love the bright touch of color of the flower.

At Home in English Valley said...

I look forward to your photos of this lovely flower every year. I've only seen it on your blog, but I didn't realize it came from Ireland! What a great memento. Love, Penny

Rose said...

Oh, wow, this is beautiful!

Babs R said...

Great story of how your Crocosmia made it home with you. :)
I have a huge patch and it really thrives in our Georgia heat. Visiting from Sweet Nothings.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What an interesting flower. I don't think I have ever seen it before or if I did, I don't recall it. It makes a wonderful cut flower and brings a lot of color into the house. PERFECT for Fall. Does it die off in the winter?