crocosmias and montbretias

Jane McGary
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:30:50 PDT
Jim McKenney wrote,

>'His Majesty' did well last year and bloomed freely, but apparently 
>every last bit disappeared during the winter. It was a very mild 
>winter which allowed the survival of cannas, dahlias, zantadeschias 
>and gingers in an open field. So I'm disinclined to blame cold. But 
>otherwise, what could have happened. If rodents are to blame, why 
>did they eat only that one variety?
>Anyone else growing these plants?

I got a good selection from Far Reaches Farm, including 'His 
Majesty', which I also lost last winter although it was very mild for 
our area. All the other cultivars survived, along with nearby dahlias 
and fancy chrysanthemums. I expect HM is one of the less cold-hardy 
ones. In my former garden I couldn't grow any of them except 'Lucifer'.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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