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Monday, July 1, 2013

Beautiful Weed





Montbretia

Montbretia (crocosmia) is a vigorous bulb like plant from South Africa. It is a perennial and a weed. Described as noxious in places. 

 I likely will never get it out of the flower garden. Our humming birds love it. You can see them drinking from these orange blossoms constantly.

The rate of growth is rather amazing. Last year it was about seven inches tall. Look at it now. I have it tied to a wrought iron pole.


Would you remove this weed or leave it? 
Move it to our side lot?

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joy and peace
Olive

36 comments:

  1. It's only a weed by somebody's definition. It's beautiful and if the hummingbirds love it I'd leave it. :)

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  2. It's gorgeous. I love it. How fun and so beautiful. Hugs, Marty

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  3. I never knew it was a weed. I just love it. I actually ordered bulbs of it from Brent and Becky's twice but mine doesn't grow as vigorous as yours. it does great in cut flower arrangements. definitely leave it..
    Love, Mona

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  4. Funny hopw some people say weeds...others say native to the area! It's so pretty...I would have never thought of it as a weed...and if the birds love it...it would stay in my yard! Have a great day!!

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  5. It sure is pretty and looks great where you have it now.

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  6. It is so pretty I would have never known it was a weed so I would just let it grow and enjoy it's beauty!!!! LOL Sorry, I can't be of more help since I have a brown thumb.....
    ~Des

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  7. Olive, I think it looks just right where it is. My flowers tend to grow where they will. If I plant them in a place they don't like - they sulk and curl up and die. (PS you might need to divide it once the flowers die down - they can be a bit prolific.

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  8. I vote to keep it where it is. It is very pretty. Unless it's noxious to the dog or cat, then I'd say tie a rope to the bumper of the Mini, tie the other end around the plant and rip it on out.

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  9. I always remove overly aggressive plants and so far it has been a good idea. I have nothing that takes over, pretty or not.

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  10. gorgeous blooms. love that color. so pretty. ( :
    have a great week. enjoy your 4th!

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  11. Make sure you don't displease the hummers. They can get in your face about almost nothing. I've been eyeball to eyeball with one who was not happy with the level of the feeder!

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  12. I'd leave it. I think it is really pretty. I LOVE your walkway. Had one in TX but not one here.
    Brenda

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  13. It's very pretty! As long as it's not incredibly invasive I'd enjoy it:@)

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  14. Love that dark green foliage with the bright flowers. I would leave it and love it!

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  15. Oh my goodness Olive!... I would leave it there!... it is sooo beautiful, and Hummers love it too!... hope you have a happy Fourth of July!... I have imported all of my blogs I follow to bloglovin so of course you are there!!!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  16. I think is very pretty and would call it a native plant. And I would leave it for the hummers to enjoy.

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  17. I don't think I would move it unless it just becomes to unruly for the location. It's very pretty! I never would've guessed that it was a weed.

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  18. I think it's very pretty and probably grew so big and fast because of your great climate. I'd definitely leave it and maybe divide it up later to spread some more cheer!

    XO,
    Jane

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  19. Most wildflowers are weeds and I love them the best! Gorgeous walkway :-)

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  20. I have that weed, but yours is more beautiful than mine. I think mine isn't in a good spot,because it's pretty well behaved. I love the look of it in your garden...and your garden is awesome!

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  21. Olive,
    it's lovely, I'd leave it unless it was harmful to the animals. Fun to be able to watch the "hummers" pig out!
    Rebecca

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  22. I would leave it. It's gorgeous and if the hummingbirds love it, it sounds perfect.

    xo
    Claudia

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  23. I would NOT ever remove it and in fact I have several beds of Crocosmia and a small bed of the Montbretia as well. It is a gorgeous flower, vibrant orange red. The Montbretia is smaller, more delicate. It looks lovely in your garden!

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  24. I'd leave it but I'm terrible at culling, so don't go by what I say. lol

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  25. Its not considered a weed in England,It takes years for them to grow that big over here,I would definately not dig it up especially if I was lucky enough to have hummingbirds visiting it,we don`t get many colourfull birds over here the most colourfull ones I get are goldfinch,but I do have a blackbird that pecks on my door to be fed in the mornings.

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  26. Beautiful weeds are the best kind Olive! I'd enjoy seeing the hummers zipping around and drinking from it Olive!

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  27. Good Morning Olive, I love Montbretia, I love how the leaves arch and how the flowers bend over slightly when in flower. I have never seen a plant as tall as yours though. I think our cold weather prevents it from growing too big. I would be thrilled to have a hummingbird visit my Montbretia each day.... what a treat that would be.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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  28. weed??? not in my book, love it !!!!!!!!!!! leave it !!!!!!!!!! I have thousands, yes thousands of weeds in my yard, the orange ditch lily........I planted them and I love them....they ask nothing and give so much.....

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  29. A weed huh? Come out back to my yard and I'll show you some noxious weeds. I'll gladly trade you your pick of the crop for that beauty. It looks tidy and a perfect fit...right where it is.
    Deb

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  30. It is beautiful. If your hummingbirds like it and you can control it, I say keep it.

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  31. I love it just as you have it, Olive. It fills in the bed and adds some shape interest, too.

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  32. Leave it! Every year when I see it bloom in my mother in law's yard I think to myself.. I need to get a piece of that.. I think it is a beautiful pop of color.. hugs, Cherry

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  33. It's wonderful when the weeds are so pretty. But I know how it is when they take over too. I like the way it looks there. I'd leave it. Then again, if it has a mind of its own, it might be good to move it or take it out while you can.
    Liz

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  34. We live in my husband's grandparents' old homeplace and have a couple of places with this plant. No one could ever tell me what it was so I am glad you posted about it. The greens on mine are not as lush, but they spread easily and are also easy to pull up to a manageable pile! Love your blog and thanks again for posting about it.

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  35. I do believe that the birds have spoken...

    It's gorgeous!

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  36. I love yours, mine just lay down but I love the bright color.

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