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Gladioli starting to show some colors...

Posted by izhar Karachi Pakistan (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 27, 11 at 1:15

Just wanted to share the new blooms on my Gladioli:

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Izhar


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RE: Gladioli starting to show some colors...

I like the pink one and I prefer the form of the yellow-orange one. Are you expecting other colours, too?

And they look to have sturdy stems. Mine usually topple in the wind by the time they get as tall as yours. :-((


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  • Posted by izhar Karachi Pakistan (My Page) on
    Sun, Jan 30, 11 at 12:08

Yes, apart from these a Purple one known as "Faro" is also blooming, the pink-cream one is "Priscilla" the yellow-orange is "Princess Margaret Rose" the orange one is "Peter pears":


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Wow! It looks as if you make use of all the grow spaces available! Is it a 'food for the table and food for the eyes' garden?

Those extra photos are a bonus! Thanks.


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  • Posted by izhar Karachi Pakistan (My Page) on
    Tue, Feb 1, 11 at 0:19

Thank you for your kind words, its a 75% "food for eyes" and 20% "food for the table" (5% for weeds..). I've only put the Gladioli pics as they qualify the "bulbous plants" category of this forum, there are some other plants in bloom including:
Salvias
Marigolds
Dahlias
Sweet peas
Dianthus
Gazania
Phlox
Chrysanthemums
Cosmos
Antirrhinums
Nasturtiums
Crown of thorns
Vinca
Duranta
Petunia
Bellis
Four 'o Clocks
Begonia and Impatiens..

food plants include Tomatoes, Spinach and Bell peppers, I have harvested the Peas already...

Izhar


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Looking very lovely Izhar! Do you also grow tuberose? They smell great at night.


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  • Posted by izhar Karachi Pakistan (My Page) on
    Wed, Feb 2, 11 at 1:13

Yes I did grew them last year, they bloom in our summer season and are on my list this year too. Here are some pics and they do literally perfumed the air when blooming:

Tuberose bud

Tuberose spikes


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wow so many flowering stalks...the night fragrance must be incredible last summer!

I miss its beautiful scent so much; i'm starting some bulbs right now.


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Great pics! Thanks for sharing...and btw, I for one don't mind and enjoy seeing non bulb pics.

The lay of your land looks very interesting and it looks like you have 'sunken beds', in places as opposed to raised beds we so often have here in the United States.

Do you eat any of your flowers, like the nasturtiums?

Sue


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  • Posted by izhar Karachi Pakistan (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 4, 11 at 2:33

Thanks Sue,

We do make the raised beds where the area is too rocky to dig. On the other hand there is no nematode problem in our soils. The problem we face is the salinity of the soil, 1-2" layer of less saline soil is spread on the bed so that the seedlings and bulbs dont get the direct contact with excessive salts, once established they do fine afterward.. the soil type in my area is largely clay and grond water level is high (2.5'-3' digging and water comes out!!)

Apart from nasturtiums, we have used pansies in salads..

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Oh MY, so may pretties, and you certainly have unique gardening challenges.

I know what most of them are, but what is the second from the last row, the pic second from the left? A unique chrysanthemum?
Also, what is that the 3rd row from the bottom?

Sue


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  • Posted by izhar Karachi Pakistan (My Page) on
    Sat, Feb 5, 11 at 14:58

I am glad you liked them. Yes this is a new striped Chrysanthemum, looks like a Gazania.. its a low growing compact variety..

There are two blooming plants in the 3rd row from the bottom: one on right side is Blood lily (Scadoxus multiflorus) and the left one is Dwarf Canna (this very plant was 7"-8" with blooms)..

Izhar


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  • Posted by izhar Karachi Pakistan (My Page) on
    Wed, Feb 9, 11 at 1:24

A purple one:

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