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Crocosmia - Emily McKenzie

The Crocosmia Emily McKenzie, 'Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora emily mckenzie', a spring planted corm, produces beautiful orange flowers with red centers. The flowers are very showy, and they make great cut flowers. The Crocosmia is also commonly known as Monbretia. Crocosmias are clump forming and bloom best in crowded conditions. This plant has attractive foliage. Hummingbirds flock to their blooms.

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My Maternal Grandfathers Sister, Emily McKenzie, was married to one Ken McKenzie, a Geordie (inhabitant of the part of northeast England near Newcastle located north of the Tyne Valley) and my Grandfathers best friend, who tinkered with plants. Amongst the hundred or so hybrids he produced was the lovely crocosmia he named after his lovely Wife, my Great Aunt Emily McKenzie "Aunty Emmy", who was a petit, active, kind, gentle, white-haired lady when I first knew her as a very young boy. She only died some ten years ago, shortly after Kens death aged 96 and after the rights to the crocosmia had been sold to Dutch growers. His old allotment and also many of the gardens of the grand local houses he worked for and in, in the village of Wylam-on-Tyne (birth-place of George Stevenson of the first steam engine Stevensons Rocket fame) were rich with established clumps of this lovely, rather old-fashioned looking crocosmia. I love it for its polarised colours; burnt ochre and orange, its large blooms and its strong slender stems, excellent for cut flowers. Now we in the UK dont have wild hummingbirds, but if we did, thered undoubtedly be a gentle hum of them all around my Aunty Emmys Montbretia (as we call them) in my own garden. I just love the fact that my own Great Uncle produced such a lovely plant. Credit to him. He also had the largest patch of seed-grown Spring Gentian (gentiana verna) I have ever seen - no mean feat in the cold, wet climate of northern England. By the way, I dont come from New Hampshire - its just that there was nothing for the UK and, well, Hampshire is an ancient English county. So hey . . . happy gardening.

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Plant Facts

Family Crocosmia 'Emily Mckenzie'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 24 - 36 inches
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 5-8
Moisture Moist, Well Drained
Mature Form Upright
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Flower Color Orange
Bulb Type Corm
Bulb Spacing 4 - 6 inches
Flowering Period July to August

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