In the spring I bought a couple pots of crocosmia, which I gather is also called montbretia, and what the two words share is that I can’t pronounce or consistently spell either one of them.
I grew this plant years ago and I guess I killed it–it’s been missing for a while–so I decided to try again.
I like the sharp verticality of the pointy leaves and the way they sort of suggest a pond even though I don’t have a pond.
The variety of this crocosmia is “Orange Lucifer” and let me just add that the Lucifer part has nothing to do with the character of my garden or myself.
I’ve read that crocosmia plants are native to South Africa and also that some gardeners find them to be invasive–having already killed it once, I have no fear about this. But the fact remains that I accidentally planted it with that dark red geranium which I impulsively purchased (just one) because I do love the color.
When I planted the geranium the crocosmia plants were just leaves, and I had this idea that they bloomed late, like maybe the end of August, and that the geranium would be tired or maybe dead by then. But of course that’s not the way it happened.
I know the red and oranges together kind of suggest a need to call the fire department but I am here to confess that I quite like them after all and that just goes to show how our response to color is terribly subjective. But back to the crocosmia.
I’ve heard that it can be likened to gladiolus, which I do not care for, so I reject that comparison. To me it looks exotic and tropical, and I can absolutely testify that hummingbirds love the flowers. I just wish I’d gotten the redder version which I believe is called simply “Lucifer” instead of “Orange Lucifer” but both names have connotations subject to questionable suggestion…
To distract you from this I have made a movie.
I will not go into the details of my excruciating and seemingly endless experimentation with video-editing software. I tried iphone apps including but not limited to Videolicious (vote: no) and Luma (vote: no) and finally imovie for iphone (I used it, so yes–and thank you Colleen for inspiration).
I can say honestly that the first clips I filmed were of a lovely garden experience, early morning, blue sky, and heartfelt, welcoming words from the gardener (me). It felt odd.
Then something happened.
A bird appeared.
I became distracted and eventually a little crazy. Somehow I stayed with the project. I filmed some more, on a whole different day. The bird came back. This had to be meaningful. Long hours followed–all-night editing sessions, with coffee and cigarettes (not really cigarettes) and dawn to dusk shooting and in the end I created a full-length film: Crocosmia For Lunch, which will be released in theaters in December!
Of course I made certain to provide for you dear reader, with this preview trailer. (No need to thank me now–and after you see it you won’t want to.) It’s only about a minute long so maybe don’t make popcorn although a beer or a shot of something might help quite a lot.