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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

Lachenalia quadricolor

  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2022
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richard.spicer.7906

Had a clear up in the tunnel too, sorted out the fleecing and did a bit of watering and cutting back. Put this pot of Lachenalia outside for a couple of hours to catch some rays, so pleased to see its multiplying very well over the last couple of years #lachenalia #lachenalia-quadricolor #lachenaliaquadricolor #fourcolorcapecowslip #bulb

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juliesgarden

That’s pretty ❤️

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joanboston

So lovely

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lesliecole49

You see? You had such a hard time getting back into your garden but now you've done it, it's hard to stay out! Sure wish I had a tunnel or greenhouse I could work in. It's a wishlist item

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Auricula

Haven’t heard of that before, it looks lovely 💚

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sharonhayden

Well done Richard getting back into it

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks everyone 🤗 - really need these South African winter bloomers for a bit of cheer and inspiration. Certainly making the most of the tunnel, want to use it more for growing rather than just storing/overwintering @juliesgarden @joanboston @lesliecole49 @Auricula @sharonhayden

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juliesgarden

Sounds like a plan Rich 👍🏻☺️

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richard.spicer.7906

This is still performing well, had to hold up one of the stems as it had fallen to one side! #lachenalia #lachenaliaquadricolor #lachenalia-quadricolor #fourcolorcapecowslip #wintersouthafricanbulbs

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richard.spicer.7906

The #lachenalia flowers have started to open. It would have looked spectacular if they all opened at the same time, but I’ll take this. And still four more to follow 🤩 #lachenalia-quadricolor #lachenaliaquadricolor #fourcolorcapecowslip #wintersouthafricanbulbs

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sunlovin

Unusual interesting form. 🌞

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philstalder

Wow that’s cool 😎. Never seen or heard of them. 👍

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joanboston

Love it!

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darroch

What lovely flowers, are they tender?

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks @sunlovin 😀 I’m trying to find some other lachenalia to experiment with, although not all of them are as brightly coloured as this one. There is a very fiery orange species, and the others seem to be mostly pale blues or pale yellows

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richard.spicer.7906

Lovely isn’t it Phil, I wasn’t sure if it would still cope with being in the cold but it seems to have got through the worst the weather has thrown at me so far. Definitely not frost resistant and avoiding too much water during the cold spells @philstalder

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Joan 😊 I’m pleased it’s multiplying in the pot too @joanboston

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richard.spicer.7906

Bit of a wow factor when the colours appear Deborah 😀 , they usually have some in the alpine house at Wisley this time of year so that is my goal of getting a nice pot full of them eventually @DeborahBanks

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richard.spicer.7906

Thank you @darroch 🙂 - yes, not for one outside over winter as it’s winter growing. It usually grows during the wetter winter seasons in South Africa i believe but of course the temps are usually a little warmer there too. But I keep it under cover in an unheated polytunnel and dry during the summer and it’s been growing well for about two seasons now

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philstalder

That’s great and glad you were able to save it. 👍 @richard.spicer.7906

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richard.spicer.7906

Almost time for the traffic lights to come on 🚦 #lachenalia #lachenalia-quadricolor #lachenaliaquadricolor #fourcolorcapecowslip #wintersouthafricanbulbs

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philstalder

I like it. Never heard of it before. Awesome 🤩

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

New to me and can’t wait to see it in bloom...

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richard.spicer.7906

It’s amazing to watch it change colour! Will def update on when they start to turn 😄👍🏼 @philstalder

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richard.spicer.7906

It’s a beauty Elaine - very pleased a few more have popped up this year, I started off with just one bulb last year and looks like I’ve already got at least five now 😲 @wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

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gjones

I was wondering if you could provide some info on a topic not related to your photo. We have several apricot trees that are very hardy and have been in our garden for years. I’ve started 3 peach trees from seed and they are for one zone warmer than us. They’re currently only 3 or 4” tall. They’ll spend the next year in our greenhouse but I was wondering if we could graft a peach cutting onto our hardy apricot trees?

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richard.spicer.7906

Hi Katy 👋🏼 I think it’s possible, they are both Prunus and they are also both drupe fruits so I think there is compatibility there. The question, however, that I’m not sure I could answer is whether there is a benefit. From memory, peaches flower very early in the year in UK (is that the same in Canada?) which is why they usually need protection from frost. If you graft onto your apricot, won’t the flowers still be at risk of damage from frosts and so impact fruit production? @gjones

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richard.spicer.7906

The rootstock would certainly remain hardy, but I would just think about whether the flowers are still at risk as their potential for frost damage would not change in my opinion 🤔. However, all that said, if you can afford to convert one of your apricots (or at least a branch) worth trying it to see what happens 😊👍🏼 @gjones

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gjones

@richard.spicer.7906 Thanks for the info. I think I’ll let the peach trees grow for a year or two in the greenhouse and then try grafting just one or two cuttings onto one of our apricot trees. It’ll be an interesting experiment and I’m curious to see if it’ll work. Apricots and peaches are my favourite fruits so I’ll keep fingers crossed.

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richard.spicer.7906

Oh yes, may as well give it a go! Nothing to lose really. Hope they grow on well in the meantime till ready for grafting 😊 @gjones

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richard.spicer.7906

This gets more beautiful by the day, it’s really starting to show it’s true colours now! #lachenalia #lachenaliaquadricolor #lachenalia-quadricolor #fourcolorcapecowslip #wintersouthafricanbulbs

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jaynehynesburton

Ooooo Gorgeous 😍

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pelly

Can't wait to see this open 😍😍😍

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fuschia

So pretty 👌

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tinaaune

BEAUTIFUL color😍

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juliesgarden

Ooo lovely 😍

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hayleyaj

Ooh! 🌈

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rachelbrooks

So exotic!!

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daisy65

So pretty💚

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telswirld

Unreal! 😃

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StephenF

Wow!

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lovestogarden

Pretty colors they are too! ♥️

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richard.spicer.7906

Starting to get its four colours now ❤️💛💚💜 #lachenalia #lachenalia-quadricolor #lachenaliaquadricolor #fourcolorcapecowslip #wintersouthafricanbulbs

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Diane051285

Lovely

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pixierose

@richard.spicer.7906 What an unusual flower. I’ve never heard of or seen this one. Will it open up some more? 😊🙏🏼

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rachelbrooks

Just needs it’s cape now then! 🤭

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richard.spicer.7906

Lol! Is it a bird, is it a plane? No it’s super cape primrose 🦸🏼‍♂️ @rachelbrooks

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richard.spicer.7906

It is isn’t it Christine? It’s not sold that much in uk, only through specialists and it’s not at all hardy so it needs winter protection. They are from South Africa originally. The colour has been changing daily, and what started as just red buds is now resembling a traffic light colour system - posted an update pic today 👍🏼 @pixierose

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Diane 😊👍🏼 @Diane051285

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rachelbrooks

Ooh! What it’s super powers?! 😉😂

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richard.spicer.7906

It has the super power of being able to stop traffic.... 🚦😉 ok, maybe it’s not so 'super'..... 😂 @rachelbrooks

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richard.spicer.7906

The cape cowslip is coming on nicely in the tunnel, too tender for outside - loving the spotty flower stem already 😍 #lachenalia #lachenaliaquadricolor #lachenalia-quadricolor #capecowslip #fourcolorcapecowslip #wintersouthafricanbulbs

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richard.spicer.7906

Quite looking forward to see this in flower. As the Latin name suggests, the flowers have four different colours in them - red, green, yellow and orange/pink. Trying hard to keep the frost off them. #lachenalia #lachenalia-quadricolor #lachenaliaquadricolor #capecowslip #fourcolorcapecowslip #wintersouthafricanbulbs

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