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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

Gladiolus murielae syn. Acidanthera bicolor, Acidanthera bicolor 'Murielae', Acidanthera murielae, Gladiolus bicolor 'Murielae', Gladiolus callianthus, Gladiolus callianthus 'Murielae', Gladiolus 'Murieliae'

  • Season Icon Mid WinterMid Winter 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

My baby peacock gladioli bulblets, dying down naturally (also known as the Abyssinian Gladioli). Should be flowering size in about another 2 years I think 👌🏼 #overwinter-gladioli #gladiolusmurielae #gladiolus #peacock-gladiolus #abyssiniangladiolus #wintercheck

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gjones

We know them as acidanthera and they smell great!

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richard.spicer.7906

Yes, that’s the one! I think this one seems to constantly change names 😅 @gjones

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  • Season Icon Late SummerLate Summer 2016
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richard.spicer.7906

These have just come to an end, but they put on a fantastic display. Very pleased with the results 👍🏼 #gladiolusmurielae #gladiolus #peacock-gladiolus #abyssiniangladiolus

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hobnob

I also have this Richard, bought it at tatton park this year and it's flowered from day one and I still have buds..can't believe how long it's gone on and how beautiful it is 😊😊

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slj

I'm still waiting for mine one is about to pop I'm not sure the others will this year I didn't expect them until next year to I'm very pleased I have one on its way 😊 they are awesome

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rosiebug

Beautiful 💜

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juliesgarden

Gorgeous Rich 😍

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7walnutclose

Absolutely beautiful👍 Have planted quite a few myself, but unfortunately none flowered... something to look forward to next summer 🙏

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plants

Beautiful 💗

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gjones

We plant these every year. Love them. Also they have a lovely scent which most men can't detect but women always can!

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fuschia

It looks like a really stunning plant so pretty 👌

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Sandy76a

I put loads of these in but forgot the name. Now I know. Just pulled them out but will replant in another part of garden and see what happens.

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brightcolours

#abyssiniangladiolus #gladiolus #white

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dragonsglen

Any tips on how to get them to repeat flower as well as they have done this year. Not had much success previously

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  • Season Icon Early SummerEarly Summer 2016
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richard.spicer.7906

These are coming on nicely now 😊 #gladiolusmurielae #gladiolus #peacock-gladiolus #abyssiniangladiolus

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clickchick

Looking lush 😀

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bigemrg

Wow! Yours are enormous! What on earth have you been feeding them?

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Graham1

First time I've grown them mine are still quite small anything above 18" then bends over so I have to steak them I must be doing something wrong!!

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clustyroen

I've never had any luck with gladiolus, must be doing something wrong, and they are one of my favourite flowers.

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kathy

Looked at them in the GT encyclopaedia the flowers are beautiful

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valjones-hughes

Same problem @clustyroen, maybe unsuitable soil/conditions?

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7walnutclose

Growing mine in a pots too, but wasn't sure if that's the right thing to do, but I feel reassured it was good decision seeing yous Richard. Thanks for posting and waiting for flowering ones :-)

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  • Season Icon Late WinterLate Winter 2016
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richard.spicer.7906

Trying some of these this year in pots. Planted 5th March 2016 #bulb #gladiolusmurielae #gladiolus #peacock-gladiolus #abyssiniangladiolus

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brightcolours

#pots #terracotta

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justin

👍🙌

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debs69

Sounds very exotic 🤔

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fuschia

Yay Richard are you going to do some more tutorials for us amateurs please 😍😍

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richard.spicer.7906

Nah, not too exotic, although very pretty - and has a could scent too 👃🏼🤓 @debs69

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richard.spicer.7906

Doh! I meant 'good scent'

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richard.spicer.7906

Of course 😀, preparing something at the mo that Val asked for - how to take cuttings of winter jasmine (or other similar plants) using the layering technique. Will post it at the wkd 🤓 @fuschia

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kathy

Lovely flowers but didn't know they were scented, double lovely👌🏻🙂

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richard.spicer.7906

Indeed Kathy! 😄 tried growing these before but only lasted one year. So I thought I'd try in pots. Intend to keep them in here for two or three years. So need a good quality compost which will provide sufficient nutrients for that period. After a bit of reading, these do well in a loam based compost mixed with grit. @kathy @fuschia @debs69

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richard.spicer.7906

Used a John innes number 3 compost, mixed with a bit or normal compost and a couple of handfuls of grit. Sarah Raven has a great guide on planting certain bulbs/plants in pots. Link below 👍🏼 @kathy @fuschia @debs69

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richard.spicer.7906

https://d23x084dcxncv3.cloudfront.net/sarahraven/booklets/6defdf42.spring-2014-bulb-planting-guide.pdf/spring-2014-bulb-planting-guide.pdf

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