Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Gladiolus for summer flowering

Short and sweet Gladiolus tips posted on Shelterpop...


  1. I notice you said that your Abyssinian glad return in zone 6 -- even though they are not rated hardy by many references. Do you do anything special to protect them (as they are presumably in pots on a terrace)? Also, do you really find them fragrant? I have a hard time detecting scent in the flowers (I buy my bulbs from Old House Gardens).

  2. Anonymous - My terrace is protected from the west, and the corms have overwintered in pots, yes. They are mulched.

    We are in 6b, officially, but I find that more and more marginal plants are overwintering here, where they 'ought not' to be. This particular glad I find very fragrant, more so in the evenings, but discernible in the daytime if I sniff it up close.

  3. Uh-oh. I've already ordered another 50 bulbs for the summer so I'm not sure what I'll do if last summer's survived in my lower Westchester garden. Speaking or marginal plants, you earlier posted about an edgeworthia chrysantha -- I hope you'll post again about how it fared through the winter.

  4. I've just emailed that terrace garden's owner to check on the Edgeworthia - thank you for the reminder! And please let me know how those Westchester gladioli fared...

    Also feel free to comment on the Shelterpop posts themselves, I'm sure other readers have similar concerns :-)

  5. This looks like a plant well worth becoming acquainted with! especially being able to plant it late in the season and having fall blooms.


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