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Just thought I would share some of what I will be planting this summer. I think Atom is one of my all time faves. In case the picture comes up with the names not readable, the one on the left is Far West, then Shu, and Atom. Can't wait till summer!
Mmmm, they will provide some exotic colour to your beds this year!
I've ordered a few specials from Great Western Gladiolus, I asked them if they would have the ones I wanted but they can only guarantee two of them, Violetta and Chartreuse Ruffles. The others I will get if the suppliers come up with them, Hint O'Mint and Moonshadow.
I named some substitutes just in case, Nori, Bluebird and Flevo Bambino which are cheaper but still nice.
Now I am pulling at the leash for Atom, and some others! I have been sent a catalogue for the last 3 years at least and never bought from it, a bulb company not far from me. There are Dutch growers settled on the Norfolk fens. They offer vouchers and gifts, I have resisted because I really didn't want anything they had enough. I received two catalogues running, the first offering a cordless phone, the second offering a £5 voucher and a fleece jacket for spending £10! Postage is low, so I really don't think I can hold off any longer!
Their bulb size for Atom is 10-12cm, which I think is good as they are a primulinus variety which I think are smaller. What size are yours?
They also have other mixes, 200 mixed smaller 8-10cm for £9.99, there might be some gems in those! At £0.05 each , less than 10 cents, a bargain! They are offering 50 size 14cm for £7.95, I need help!
I love growing glads but haven't ordered any for this new place. Love the pics posted above.
Last summer a few bloomed in a yucca I plan to take out, so yesterday I dug around in there a bit. Came up with about 2 dozen neglected bulbs just in one small area. I'm guessing maybe twice that many more remaining. Now I need to find a spot for them but not a showy spot. I cut my glads at the first sign of color and bring them into the house. My beloved grandfather always did that and it gives me warm fuzzies to see cut glads in a vase.
I happened to stop by Cornelius nursery on the way home from work yesterday. I seldom buy plants there, but I always stock up on Espoma (soil sulfur, holly tone, plant-tone, bulb-tone, flower-tone organic products and bat guano) for the year before they run out. They had glads the same brand you have pictured. I must admit, I picked up a bag of 'Summer Nights' 35/$5.99 good price and the quality of the bulbs was good too. We shall see how they do--no great loss if they don't do that well.
I think I just got them planted on the last date we can plant them down here. I put them out front, I like real ordinary, not very valuable plants out there to basically hide my business in my backyard. I think they will be pretty.
I bought a pack of 10 Black Jack 12-14cm at the garden centre, then at the supermarket they had packs of 25 huge corms, mixed colours, the corms were different colours too. Some are a wine colour, they were a good price at £1.99, less than $4, and I would say over the 14cm size for many, the size wasn't listed on the pack.
It's spring here today, more to do outside! I'll se if I can get a pic later.
I'm going to have to go mail order for glads next year or catch a good co-op:LOL: I never seem to find any of the cool, not your everyday color ones:) I've not purchase any in a few years for that reason.
I do have a white (prosperity) and a red that have overwintered amongst the bearded iris rhizomes for the past 10 years. I tried removing them once and didn't manage to get them all so I just left them. I was cleaning up the bed a bit last summer and found one mama corm that was almost disintigrated but had about 50 little babies all around the base of the corm. I went out to clean the bed out today and there are tiny blades of glad leaves popping up everywhere throughout the iris bed:)
What a shame eith the hyacinths, but better them than the more dear ones in the back yard. Some people have to much nerve.
Black Jack, is beautiful such a rich colour.
Was just in my basement and saw that my nova lux is sprouting!
They are about 1.20 to 2.30 inches, now ….what do I do?
It is getting warmer here, should I just plant them and hope April (can be very temperamental) will show mercy this year?
I will try & answer all I read. Glads are probably hardy in SE part of the country. They will freeze, but if deep enough in the ground you would be OK.
Any of the glads in your pictures marked Low Growing would be border glads, which only means short.
They will grow up straight after planting. The ones going sideways were laying on edge. You don;'t need to take the skin off.
I know there is a big grower & bulb supplier in NC. I spent 10 minutes looking for web site, but couldn't come up with it. Does anyone know the name ?
Our big box lumber store, Menards, has mixed glads for $4.79 a pack of 50. Nice size too. They will have them on sale soon. Also other bulbs at same price. Package size vary by type of bulb. All very reasonable.
Any questions ? LOL!
Good Night All,
pard, I wish I coud be as bad as you! We expect pics too!
Yes Bernie, I imagine the sideways ones will grow up straight, but there was only a loose damp skin on most of them so I decided to have fun. I wanted to see the colours! Now if I had 25,000 to plant, that would be different!
I found DJ Enterprises, their web site has nothing on it.
Oh wowowow so many glads your gardens will look astonishing :o)))
Hi Janet, yes I think you are right, the bulbs would probably suffer if they are not planted.
Will do it tomorrow hopefully, I am coming down with a influenza it seems, like half of the country at the moment :o(((
Hope the black jack does flower, the colour looks amazing. Interesting links you found.
They are very pretty colours, never seen those combination here.
DH bought some glads yesterday, no name on them though, it just says "white".
They have a bit of purple stripes in the middle, will have to post a photo when it blooms.
I could spend hours looking at the links, there are so many glads!
Not to fun of the rose/pinks though
Snowcone is very pretty, it will look very nice with black jack :o)
Liked this one Blue seas http://www.gladiola.com/Gladiola/blueseas.jpg
DH is a sweetheart, and he even cooks (a big plus :o))
Will try and take a photo of the card tomorrow, it came in a mix with some white dahlia and iris.
Nova Lux is not waiting for anyone, they have grown a lot!
I haven't seen the white/purple striped one, I looked through the saved sites with pics to be sure, it must be a special one. It certainly looks special, the purple is so vivid, can't wait to see how it turns out! Your DH has good taste.
I'm sure I posted last night, can't see it, but I put a link to another glad on the site I posted, Delectable
Yes, got a fright when I saw them, had not expected it.
Oh my, oh my, oh my, really astonishing, even though it had some pinkish colour, it is very pretty :o))
DH does not know much about plants, but said that this one looked like the other ones I had bought, and that he could se I did not have this one. Almost feel down my chair, I think I have underestimated him, seems that he listen to all my plant babble afterall.
Sorry my dear LOL
Well, you all inspired me to go search for some nice glads:) Today I brought home 5 Nova Lux-yellow, 5 Plum Tart and 10 Velvet Eyes which are sort of purple with a reddish throat. They are from a supplier named Langeveld. I saw some of the glads I bought from a Brent and Becky clearance sale starting to sprout--Theresa is what they are called, sort of orange colored.
Thanks:) I'm looking at the glads 4paws is offering in the Classified Ads area too. I had kind of forgotten how great glads are and hadn't planted any for a few years. I do have a few die hards that reappear each summer with no help from me. One is solid red and I think the other is White Prosperity. One actually pushed up through a giant bearded iris rhizome! Made a big hole in it:LOL:
My goal is to take photos this year...I'm getting a new camera and playing!
Jerry Baker is a funny man. Nearly everything he recommends has some good basis to it, but whether it actually does anything in the end is sometimes a measured "yes" (to the good) and smetimes "it can't hurt, and would only do good if it does anything at all".
Take the mouthwash, for instance. We apparently need to use it at full strength to kill germs, bacteria, fungi, whatever. But lets calculate how that translates in in his bulb mix: 1 teaspoon per 2 gallons of water. To make this easy to follow, this is how I do it:
1 tsp = 1/3 Tablespoon
1Tbsp = 1/16 cup
1 cup = 1/4 quart
1qt = 1/4 gallon
1g = 1/2 of 2 gallons
(1/3 x 1/16 x 1/4 x 1/4 x 1/2) = 1/1536
or 1 divided by (3x16x4x4x2) = .000651 = the concentration of the mouthwash in 2 gallons of water.
Now, compared to your 100% potent mouthwash that you need, do you really think .0651% is going to do anything? True, you are soaking the bulbs for an hour or so, so:
You are supposed to slosh the mouthwash in you mouth for a minute, but you soak bulbs for 1 hour (60 minutes) or more. So lets be absurd, and just say that you could reduce the amount 60 times, and get the same results. (Ridiculous, I know.)
100% divided by 60 = 1.67%
.0651% divided by 1.67% = .039 = approx. 1/25
Even with such an absurdly generous premise, that would still be only 1/25 of the concentration of your mouthwash. Yup, this, in my opinion, goes in the "can't hurt, but doesn't do anything" category.
The only thing that I see that is truely bad (again, in my opinion) is that Mr. Baker uses way too much soap in his elixirs that are repeatedly applied. Soap does good things, but it also can break down the natural cuticles of plants. These are the waxy coatings on plant surfaces that prevent dessication. All plants have these protecting layers, and some plants are extremely susceptible to soap. Those would be the ones where insecticidal soap is prohibited. This is why it is always recommended to use a mild soap with plant materials, like Palmolive or Ivory, and never a strong soap, like Dawn or detergents.
FYI, Insecticidal soaps can work in two ways: 1) insects have these cuticle layers too, and can dessicate, 2)soap can clog breathing holes.
Jerry Baker is a funny man.
I could go on and on, but, I think it's time to get off my high horse.
Sorry 'bout that.
I have one or two of his books and some of those "common" household items are things I'll never have at my house. I made a shopping list one day because I was determined to try to make up one or two of those concoctions and I had quite a list. I'll never have chewing tobacco in my house, no one uses that stuff. I just decided to try to buy organic products and use sparingly. I'm not a big sprayer type gardener, I pretty much just let things go and water it. I don't mind sharing with a bug or two. Well, Japanese beetles get on my nerves:LOL:
I am glad for to her your opinion. Thanks for sharing it. I have tried one or two of his tonics,a few years ago I tried his tonic for speeding up composting. That seemed to work well, however, I had never composted before so I wouldn't know otherwise.
I tried the above bulb bath. Don't know yet. I like his common sense way of writing. He writes like a regular guy, not some high mighty published master gardener. I like that I can understand what he is explaining.
I did hose down my lawn with soap and water, last week, with the thought of doing some dethatching.
My dh grandfather was a lifetime farmer and he used the soap and water thing to help make fert. absorb better. Anywho...
I hope you don't think that I was dismissing all of the tonics/treatments in the books! =) I wasn't, I still have the books and for the most part I use the homemade soap spray for aphids and such. Some of the other ones with long ingredient lists just seem more involved than what I want to do. Of course, in the past I've had pretty inexpensive plants in the pots and small flower bed and wasn't so precious about them, since finding Dave's, my tastes have grown and some of the plants I have are pricier and harder to replace so I may still go out and buy the stuff for a tonic or two.
The soap and water treatment really is great for helping soil stop the repelling water thing that sometimes happens when it gets to dry:) I like plain talk writing as well, much more approachable and just getting the information across. Please post when you decide how the bulb bath worked or if you try any other tonics/treatments, it would be very interesting to know what ones have proven to be useful!
I am so dissappointed. Almost every one of my packaged glads were misnamed and I don't think it was an accident!! These companies don't care and expect us to have forgotten what we planted so it doesn't matter that now I have a bunch of unknowns in my garden. I am not griping about what they look like because they are nice but they are not the ones I chose and paid for!
So far Bambino is the only one that appears to be correct...
That is really terrible! If I read the package correctly in the early photos, they are supposedly from a reputable bulb company right? I think I saw those same packages in one of the higher end nurseries in our area. Do you think contacting them and letting them know about the problem would be of any benefit? It might just lead to more frustration...
They are beautiful but Noids for the moment.
Dirty little scammers, they're all doing it! I have Flevo Bambino too, it is very pretty. Got mine from Great Western Gladiolus here who grow some, buy in others from different places. I listed it as a substitute, I ordered 5 each of 3 different expensive US glads at £0.90 each plus Violetta which was cheaper and looks correct.
The subs. were actually cheaper, they asked for a limited cheque so they could make it out to the correct amount if they couldn't get some varieties. They cashed the cheque soon after they got it for the full amount so I assumed all was well, but no, the order came to around £18.50 with postage, actual cost was £5.10 less! No refund, no credit note, the glads were shoved in a re-used padded envelope with the original order I wrote out, that was it! On top of that I sent stamps which should give me a second catalogue in August including species...we shall see!
Theone expensive variety I did get ws Chartreuse Ruffles which should have a bright pink-purple picotee edge, this is it...
Wow! I guess I have nothing to complain about. At least I got something for my money! Chartreuse Ruffles Not is very pretty anyway. Still waiting for "Maggie" to bloom, it got a late planting. Oh yeah, I bought all those glads but of course didn't have room for all of them so ended up giving some away!
The flowers on Chartreuse Ruffles are tight and small, it is pretty but I DID want the picotee! I wonder if it will have it next year...?????
Gosh, neither did I have room for mine but I put them in pots! I left most of them in the neighbour's sunny greenhouse as it has been very cold and wet, now dry and warm. I took the first one to flower out just before the onslaught of rain, then put it back, it was getting battered!
I have Black Jack to come, it's just making some spikes for which I am thankful, last time I bought some they did nothing then rotted.
I do like Bambino. Maggie is supposed to be similar. Black Jack is one of my favorites. I no longer have it. It was out in the winter wet area of my garden with the poor lilies glug glug glug. Now I am digging everything out there and starting over with wet tolerant plants.
Parda, How frustrating when you don't get what you ordered. I feel the same way, i.e. I'd like to get what I picked out even if I enjoy the blooms from the ones I got instead. I've had pretty good luck this year (one mix-up from a Dahlia supplier, but they were quite gracious about providing a replacement for next season). When you purchase seeds and bulbs you are really at the mercy of the supplier because there is no way to tell what you are getting until months later.
nova lux and Callianthus are blooming as well (love the sent of callianthus, it is almost as jasmine). no signs that the other glads are wanting to bloom (four different ones) I do hope they hurry up before autumn sets in.
Oh wow Janet!!! Is it really blooming? But there were only baby bulbs I send weren’t they? So glad the glad is blooming :o))
I like the bright yellow colour it has
Look at Papilio, really in love with this one.