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
@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 .
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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