Saturday, 11 August 2012

It's Gladi' Time!



If you're looking for some easy to grow flowers for cutting with a big "wow" factor you can't go wrong with gladioli.   I planted some new bulbs this year and they are all starting to flower now.  "Faro" is a beautiful lavender colour and "Greenstar" is a lovely chartreuse, changing to yellow as it ages.  I've also grown lots of the darker, velvety ones like "Plum tart", though after a few years they tend to produce hundreds of tiny new plants and I need to dig those out and start again with new ones.
I should have staked them, but didn't get round to it as usual. They seem to be doing ok though,  squashed in with the self seeded fennel and crocosmias.  




It's all getting a bit jungly in the veg plot and needs a serious tidy once the Olympics are over.



The echinops flowers are covered in bees all day.




I've noticed a few ladybirds with very large black markings.  Are they Harlequin ones I wonder?


While being glued to the tv for the past couple of weeks,  I've managed to "almost" finish my blanket.  I've done a plain treble border, but want to add something more interesting.  Maybe a bobble or tricot  in red?  Still thinking about that,  and then there's all the ends to tidy :(


Bye for now!

23 comments:

  1. Your flowers are gorgeous and so are your photos. Beautiful blanket! I'd like to try that block!

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  2. Beautiful hexies Debbie! And your glads are gorgeous, I particularly love the 'greenstar' one, amazing colour!
    Victoria xx

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  3. Gorgeous blanket! Your gladioli are looking stunning. My dad used to grow them for years and then decided he didn't like them anymore and pulled all the bulbs out when I was about 10. I remember feeling quite distraught at the time as I used to love the colours and their shape. Funny the things we can recall even decades later!
    Enjoy the sunshine - I'm having a short break from jetwashing the patio!
    June

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  4. Gosh those flowers are stunning! Your blanket is great too! Ada :)

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  5. Hej Debby Wonderful flowers and photo's. Last week we visited the 'gladiolenfestijn', thousends of gladioli. Your haxagons are gorious.
    Have a nice weekend, groetjes

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  6. Beautiful flowers, no growing many flowers here in Florida, gosh sometimes I really miss living up north. We have been glues to the TV also, such an exciting time for so many of this athletes, love the stories and how they have overcome so much. So much dedication.
    Have a great day,
    Meredith

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  7. I've never grown 'glads' as they always seem a bit straight up and down, if you know what I mean, but you certainly get some lovely colours. Maybe after seeing yours, I will give them a try next year.

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  8. Beautiful flower and bees shots. The bees certainly like what you plant! I just love Hollyhocks! Your hexagon blanket is looking good! My dad used to love gladioli and always grew them for picking!

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  9. Your flowers are beautiful, such gorgeous colours and the same goes for the blanket.

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  10. Beautiful! And your garden is glorious :D

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  11. The glads are wonderful and I love your photos.
    Patricia x

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  12. flighty has that weird green gladi that aside I love them mine are not quite ready to flower yet

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  13. Your garden looks beautiful, as it always does. The gladioli are stunning!

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  14. Hola, su jardín es maravilloso, la manta ha quedado preciosa.Le envio muchos saludos.

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  15. Love the photographs. I live in the tropics and all these are new for me. Beautiful and thank you so much.

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  16. Harlequins are larger than our ladybirds and have a sort of white M shape on the head. There are lots of varieties of ladybirds with different numbers and sizes of spots as well as different colours. If you are interested this site has lots of information

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  17. Your gladioli are stunningly beautiful. I'm so jealous!! For the second year running mine have produced plenty of lovely tall foliage but not one stem of flowers!

    Your have the perfect English garden. It really reflects all the hard work you must put into it. x

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  18. Your garden looks beautiful and I love your gladioli. We planted some several years ago, but they have been decreasing each year, so must buy some more as they add an extra shot of colour at this time of year. Your have captured the insects onthe flowers so well.
    Sarah x

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  19. Your blanket looks so pretty! And I adore your photos, especially of the bees on your flowers ... gorgeous.

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  20. Your flowers are so pretty. I really must try growing some of them next year; however where I live, they don't winter over, and the bulbs must be dug up each fall. But I think it would be worth it to have blossoms as beautiful as yours :) And your blanket is so cute -- well done.

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  21. Stunning too, such a beautiful shelf/mantle piece? Gorgeous anyway x

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  22. Thank you for sharing such lovely pics of your garden, and the blanket is really pretty too!

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