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Plantidote of the Day 2011-08-24

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Tulip Trees


The sword lily, Gladiolus, is full sun, hardy zone 7-10 but shows up in other zones annually with bulbs pulled during the winter.

Birth flower for the month of August (ie: Me!) Flower of the Gladiators. Strength of character, sincerity, generosity, are traits symbolized in the Gladiolus.

260 species, all kinds of hybrids, beautiful and elegant, and everywhere.

Summer is fading early here in NJ. Glads to hold it here just a bit longer.

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Submitted by twig on

glads here -- I've been looking for some but they're rare in these parts.

Plus, Happy Birthday!!

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Submitted by insanelysane on

Such luscious colors on the glads, though I never can figure how to place them in a landscape. They always looks a little rigid and stark. I do love them in a vase tho.

Here in Northern CA we can leave the bulbs in the ground and they come back like gangbusters every year and increasing in numbers too.

Thanks again for such eye candy!

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Submitted by Kathryn on

... I stake the little bastards. All that falling this way and that and refusing to grow in neat rows. Then it rains and they all go flat.

Seriously though, I did get frustrated with them. But I plant them in circular mounds now so they have this interesting staggered height, and collected here and there with such bright colors makes for interesting elements.

These I snagged were from a neighbor, no glads in my mostly shade garden. My heucheras are toast, the lamium is deceased (so much for invasive), the alyssum grew but did not flower. ON the other hand, the ageratum, coleus, torennia and mint are going gangbusters in the partial shade.