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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 splendens

  • Season Icon Late WinterLate Winter 2021
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richard.spicer.7906

Excited to see not one, but two flower stalks on one of my winter growing gladioli (the other one is out of shot slightly) - they are bright red and look nothing like the modern summer hybrids, scroll left to see last years photo of the flowers #Gladiolus #gladioli #gladiolus-splendens #fieldgladiolus #wintergladiolus #gladiolispecies #wintersouthafricanbulbs

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sharonhayden

Wow they are lovely ☺️

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sieveheadsarah

They’re lovely Richard, someone else posted a yellow one on here today, it was so pretty 😀

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richard.spicer.7906

Yes I saw that too, gladiolus tristis. Mine haven’t flowered this year but they are on the edge near the path in the tunnel and I keep bashing them so it’s not surprising. Hoping to protect them better next year. @sieveheadsarah

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Sharon, should look spectacular if they both open at the same time @sharonhayden 🤞🏼

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sieveheadsarah

I do love a Glad Richard, but these Species ones are so pretty, I’ll defo be adding them next year.

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2020
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richard.spicer.7906

#happinessis watching the fruits of your labour come to life.... ❤️ not your everyday #Gladiolus #gladioli #gladiolus-splendens #fieldgladiolus #wintergladiolus #gladiolispecies #wintersouthafricanbulbs

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midnightgardener

Wow that's very unusual! Love this one 😊😊♥️♥️

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Christine 😊, yes it is rather exotic - been lucky that the winters have been mild as it’s been in the polytunnel all winter. Think it’s fine as long as it doesn’t get below -3/4C for too long, and keep it in lightly damp soil. I’ll stop watering it soon as this type of gladioli goes dormant over summer, mustn’t even get rain so will sit on the polytunnel floor till August when I’ll start watering again @midnightgardener

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pelly

That's stunning Rich ❤❤❤

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queruqui

Wow😍 it's stunning

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akshat

😀❤❤

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lovemygarden65

That’s a beauty ❤️

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suerichards

How unusual, it’s beautiful 😍

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johninbrighton

@richard.spicer.7906 ....... Morning Richard ....... This is a beautiful picture..... at first I thought it was a type of Salvia until I read your description...... Send my love to St. Albans...... Have a wonderful Easter Day .

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ukjohnny

... definitely prefer the species ones to the cultivated varieties...a beauty 👍

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks everyone 😊 - you certainly would be forgiven for thinking it was something else John @johninbrighton , many Gladiolus species look very different to the normal hybrids. I have some other unusual ones but the bulbs are not yet flowering size. Fingers crossed for next year. And yes, couldn’t agree with you more John 👍🏼 @ukjohnny @pelly @queruqui @akshat @lovemygarden65 @cyndi @suerichards

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2019
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richard.spicer.7906

05/05/19 - my current pride and joy of my winter Gladiolus collection, and it’s finally flowering 😍❤️ - in the polytunnel it’s been much easier to monitor watering, feeding and of course frost protection and the one bulb I have is now looking stunning 👌🏼 - it opened about two weeks ago. When the foliage and flowers eventually die down in a month or so it will go dormant and I’ll keep it completely dry for summer

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richard.spicer.7906

#Gladiolus #gladioli #gladiolus-splendens #fieldgladiolus #wintergladiolus #gladiolispecies #wintersouthafricanbulbs

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hayleyaj

Now that’s gorgeous! So delicate ❤️❤️❤️

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katgreen

Absolutely beautiful photo 😍 I planted some almost black ones this year and I wait with excited anticipation 😊🤞

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lovestogarden

Beautiful tiny ones!

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lovemygarden65

Fantastic photo ❤️❤️❤️

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lexijane

I can see why. It’s beautiful 😍

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johninbrighton

Good morning Richard..............It's easy to see why you love this plant so much.....it's beautiful...........at first I thought is was a Salvia............Have a good Bank Holiday.......a part of me will always be in St. Albans...........good vibes from Brighton.

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godfreye

Good morning Richard little stunner looks so delicate 🤗

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Hayley! The stem is so thin it’s extremely delicate, I’ve been trying to protect it from snapping 🤭 @hayleyaj

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richard.spicer.7906

😊🙏🏼 @cyndi

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richard.spicer.7906

Oh they sound very nice Kathryn, can’t wait to see those too! @katgreen

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  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

Morning all 👋🏼 - this South African Gladioli species is shooting up fast 😄. Been doing a little last minute checkup in poly before I go to Southend for Xmas to see my Mum and Dad 😊🎄. This is a winter growing species, and naturally grows during the cooler winters when then rainfall returns in SA and will have its flowering in early spring. It will then remain dormant and die back before summer where I’ll need to keep it completely dry till September again.

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richard.spicer.7906

They are not fully hardy but seems to be fine down to odd overnight temps where the thermometer has recorded -1 and -2 a couple of times over the last month. Might have to protect it if the temp stays in the minus figures for more than a couple of nights.

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richard.spicer.7906

This is actually a new bulb as the one I bought last year died from the Beast of the East - which you will recall was sustained minus temps of over a week I think, even the daytime temps, poor thing just froze 🥶🥶 #gladiolus #wintergladiolus #gladiolus-splendens #gladiolispecies

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sherrisgarden

Have a Merry Christmas with your mom and dad !!

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juliesgarden

Have a fab Christmas Rich 🎄😍🎄

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lilybee

Have a lovely Christmas with your family. 🎄🎄🎄

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pelly

Happy Christmas Rich, enjoy 🎅🎄

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rachelbrooks

Ooh pop in for a Baileys on your way past! 😉

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Sherri! Hope you have a lovely Christmas too 😊🎄 @sherrisgarden

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Julie 😊 , hope you have a fab Christmas too 🎄 @juliesgarden

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Sue, hope you have a lovely one too 🎄😊 @lilybee

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Jane, have a fab one too 😊🎄 @pelly

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  • Season Icon Late SummerLate Summer 2017
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richard.spicer.7906

Fortunately I washed my hands after this last one 😂 - #gladiolispecies #gladiolus #bulb #gladiolus-splendens

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