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richard.spicer.7906

St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Agapanthus 'Headbourne Hybrids'

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richard.spicer.7906

I bought this agapanthus from B&Q stores when I was a just a teenager, and it’s got to be between 25-30 years old now. It has come with me to every garden I’ve ever lived with and it’s looking it’s best right now. #agapanthus #agapanthusheadbournehybrids

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novicegardenlover

Wow! That's awesome 💜

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flan1971

I love a #plantstory

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terrimclaughlin

Well, that’s a special one!! Any school over there this fall????

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midnightgardener

That's truly amazing I never knew they could last that long. Very pretty. Mine is tall and getting ready to burst into flower 💜💜💙

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clipperty

Gorgeous just like you x x x

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craigh7

Wow! Can't believe the age of that. I kill plants moving pots let alone moving house 😂

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italydiva

That’s incredible. Good to know they can thrive for so long 👌

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ShelleySnyder

That's fantastic Richard!💘😍

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gjones

Remarkable age for a plant and it’s still blooming!

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columbiariver

What a nice story and beautiful plant!

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks everyone! I just remember seeing one as a kid and thinking wow that’s a fantastic plant and then was fortunate to find one in the store whilst mum/dad where looking at other things. It took ages to get to flowering size, although everything seems much longer when your that age! 😆 @columbiariver @gjones @ShelleySnyder @italydiva @craigh7 @clipperty @midnightgardener @terrimclaughlin @flan1971 @novicegardenlover

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richard.spicer.7906

One of my #Agapanthus has set #seed - never thought about saving it as it's a good size clump and already have plenty others. But has anyone have any experience growing them from seed? 🤔 #agapanthusheadbournehybrids

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KatieCat

Richard.spicer.7906 yes Richard they grow so easily make sure you have enough friends to pass them on too.thats how I started my agapanthus collection with on stolen seed pod

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gjones

Well -will have to save seeds from now on!

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brightcolours

Non-sterile Agapanthus is on the weed list in various parts of Australia because it grows so well from seed. #agapanthus-seed

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brightcolours

Lovely pic.

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KatieCat

@bright colours and also in Scotland

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bluebell66

@richard.spicer.7906 I've grown some from seed that my sister in law bought back from Australia. They took 4 years to produce a flower but are getting stronger each year. Good luck 😀

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lisa868

I have a tray on my kitchen window sill that have just germinated, I set them 3 weeks ago, I read different advice on the internet some said sow straight away, others wait to spring. Will see how it goes.

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richard.spicer.7906

Well I guess I'm not gonna have time to do anything with them this side of Christmas so they'll probably just stay where they are. But I'll keep an eye on them and see if they germinate in the surrounding soil. Thanks for your advice everyone @KatieCat @bluebell66 @lisa868

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brightcolours

#agapanthus-germination #weedy-Scotland #weedy-Australia

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errolly

Yes they get into our bush and takeover our natives.

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richard.spicer.7906

And here it is about two weeks ago. Not bad for a 20year old plant - it's followed me in every house I've ever lived in 😊💙 #agapanthus #blue #specialplant #agapanthusheadbournehybrids

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jan06

Lovely💙 is it in a pot or in the ground Richard? I've been unsuccessful with both and have now given up😢

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lamaisonbleueoleron

Looking good 👌👏🏼🕵🏻

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janric

Looking gorgeous

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fuschia

Oh wow Richard, very beautiful very sentimental 💝💝💝

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nessas

Fab 👌🏻

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godfreye

Beautiful🤗

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kathy

Super colour💙

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lovemygarden65

💙💙💙💙

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Naomi126

👌🏻📸👌🏻

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brightcolours

#20yearsold #upclose

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jso11

That is such a great thing. And they are lovely!

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richard.spicer.7906

Bit late posting these but my old agapanthus has had its best year in flower for a long time. This was about 3 weeks ago. #agapanthus #agapanthusheadbournehybrids

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fuschia

Lots of stems yay ! 👏👏

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clickchick

Totally beautiful 😍

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Ricki

Do you dig it up in winter and move indoors?

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plants

Great photo @Richard 📷👏🏽💜

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AcornBank

Fab photo

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barbbrown

I have one but its not thriving

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richard.spicer.7906

Hi @Ricki - I tend to leave this particular variety in the ground/pot over winter. It's been tough as old boots! 😀 this one is not an evergreen variety so does back and regrow stage following spring. I realise this is not a general rule as some other agapanthus varieties are more tender than others.

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richard.spicer.7906

Hi @barbbrown - just had a look at your agapanthus photo. It looks healthy so I wouldn't worry, it might just need another year to fill out the pot. Keep it watered and fed as you are door and hopefully next year it will throw up a few more flowers. The key is to keep the roots quite restricted as this encourages flowering, even if it looks pot bound 😊👍🏼

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richard.spicer.7906

#agapanthus #bud -almost ready! #agapanthusheadbournehybrids

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MelanieAt

<<<<<<< is green with envy!

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thomasrat3

I am waiting in anticipation too for my buds to open😀

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valjones-hughes

Bit more advanced than mine. Enjoying the anticipation!

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titchyfra

Not long @richard.spicer.7906

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Josie54

Mine are ready to pop too

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fuschia

Some of mine are open have been opening since January lol

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richard.spicer.7906

My old faithful agapanthus is looking so healthy this year after I planted it back in the ground. This has been in and out of the ground and pots so many times over the last 20 years! Over 10 buds on it now 😁 #agapanthusheadbournehybrids #agapanthus

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joanboston

That's reassuring Richard, mine is about the same stage in bud. Thought it was a bit late, but should be worth the wait.

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wendy50

I was told to keep it in a pot to stop it taking over your garden, is this not the case?

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fuschia

So exciting Richard. My freebie from neighbour was put in garden 3 weeks ago and has buds on . Yay !!

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hollyeagle

So glad you out a picture on, I thought I had killed mine off, but it just seemed to come back to life and has 6 buds on, previously only had three! Mines at the same stage so that's reassuring! :)

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cazmill

Have just planted one of these

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cazmill

In my garden, any tips much appreciated. Don't u love it when u hit send by accident.

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joanboston

Just counted the buds on mine 10 so far and more to come (I hope!)

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clustyroen

Mine looks quite good this year too, haven't counted the buds for a while, but there were about 14 at the last count, I brought the plant back from Madeira many years ago (in its dormant state.

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kathy

I often think some plants need the garden to grow properly

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clustyroen

Yes you are right

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ellenmarygardening

How lovely 💙

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richard.spicer.7906

A few pics from the garden this Easter weekend. This is the only Agapanthus I have in the ground (the rest are in pots), and he's starting to wake up - I've had him over 20 years 😀#oldreliable #agapanthusheadbournehybrids

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kathy

😄👏🏻

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brightcolours

#agapanthus

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brightcolours

#newgrowth

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justin

One of mine in the ground seems to have a lot of its roots showing... Don't know whether to throw stuff on top of it or dig it up and rebury it. What would you do? 👍

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linleys

Indestructible @richard.spicer.7906

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richard.spicer.7906

It's raining cats and dogs in Hertfordshire, so here are some sunny delights from the weekend!

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juliesgarden

Same here Richard in Kent , will have webbed feet soon lol☔️☔️☔️

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richard.spicer.7906

#agapanthus #africanlily #agapanthusheadbournehybrids

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richard.spicer.7906

I'm so impatient.... I cant wait to see it flower as havent seen it in over three years having rescued it from the hedge. There are only two buds on it though 😢 #agapanthusheadbournehybrids #agapanthus

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justin

Two is better than none 😃

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richard.spicer.7906

That's quite true @justin - i'm lucky it's flowering at all!

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richard.spicer.7906

Finally. I feel like the last person to turn up to a party....an agapanthus party 😂 #agapanthus #agapanthusheadbournehybrids

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justin

🎉🎉🎉

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richard.spicer.7906

Hmm, leaves look a little streaky. I did already feed it about a month ago. Anyone have any thoughts on why this might happen? Its positioned in full sun, well drained. #agapanthus #agapanthusheadbournehybrids

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richard.spicer.7906

#agapanthusheadbournehybrids #agapanthus

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richard.spicer.7906

#agapanthus #agapanthusheadbournehybrids

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richard.spicer.7906

#agapanthus #agapanthusheadbournehybrids

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