These impossibly red flowers belong to crocosmia Lucifer. They are the reddest and supposedly, the most winter-hardy of the crocosmias, and after seeing an entire yard ablaze with them on a garden tour, I had to have some.
I planted the corms two summers ago, and last summer they did nothing. Well, to be fair, they did put out a couple of green leaves but that was it. I thought I had purchased duds.
Recently I was rooting around in the lily bed and all of a sudden, there they were. Crocosmia buds ready to open! And they did. And I was glad, very glad. (Please excuse the hose thing in the shot. I wanted to give you an idea of how striking the flowers are.)
So if you try these, be prepared for a first season of nothingness, and don’t forget you planted them like I did! I must buy more of these. The hummingbirds agree.