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Red and orange

06 October 2017 21:10:56

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The red berries came early on our pyracantha this year and it's still looking good, though the blackbirds are gradually working their way from the top down!

A couple of weeks ago I finally decided to take out the Lucifers in front of it, after a third year of only producing one flower on a decent sized clump.  I've replaced them with Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie' which I hope will do better.  It's a deep orange, rather than the vivid red of the Lucifers, with attractive mahogany coloured markings.  I don't know why the Lucifers didn't do well here; they were not grown too soft and I have seen them looking splendid in other gardens. 


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Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 October 2017 21:34:33

Can't believe that 'Lucifer' didn't do its thing for you. But the swap for Emily Mckenzie is an excellent choice. They flower much later than Lucifer too, which is very welcome at this time of year.


fraoch fraoch 06 October 2017 22:10:07

Fantastic crop of berries, Joan. The blackbirds must love you!


Fleurette Fleurette 06 October 2017 22:12:29

Sorry to hear that Joan.  However, I would never ever have Lucifer in my garden.  even at 3/4 acre, it is not big enough for that huge bunch of green leaves.  There are plenty of other red flowering plants that don’t swamp their bedfellows.

I have a different red one, named Vulcan. Though not so dramatic, it fits in better.  

And Jackanapes which is lively and bright.  Like “hose in hose” but I don’t know if you can use that term in this instance. 

Now to Emily McKenzie, who always insisted on hanging her head like a shy, no, not shy, but SLY  girl who was busy running away underground and appearing maybe a few years later 3ft away.  I can’t have that and not even see her face!  No!  


JoanG JoanG 06 October 2017 22:19:03

Haha Margot, what have I let myself in for?  Sounds like I may have to prop her up next year. 


Fleurette Fleurette 06 October 2017 22:30:07

Well, the thing is Joan, that all gardens are different and my soil is so very light that plants could for the Olympics here.  Is she not looking up at you now?  She has a very pretty face, but she wasn’t even satisfactory in a vase on the table.  

Your pyracantha is superb.  Such a good feeloing to be planting for wildlife.  Is that a thin tall yew I spy?  

Also I have you on the list for Solfataire.  


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 07 October 2017 08:23:57

The pyracantha always looks fantastic every autumn in your garden, Joan. Better off without Crocosmia 'Lucifer' spreads everywhere and little flower. Your choice of Crocosmia ' Emily Mc Kenzie', a much better plant. Crocosmias have a bad press, but there are some nice ones and well behaved.


JoanG JoanG 07 October 2017 19:00:13

Thank you Margot. I have another spot in mind for Solfataire and would love it. 

Yes that is a golden Irish yew, coming on slowly but nicely.  


Jackie Jackie 09 October 2017 08:03:07

I have C Emily McKenzie and also C. George Davidson. Both good plants. Plus Solfataire from Margot :). Which is travelling the country I see lol Love all those berries and great for colour too. 


LindaB LindaB 10 October 2017 16:49:30

That pyracantha is stunning, berries are great this year!


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