Yes, this is a sequel to the BIG News of my previous Six on Saturday, which could qualify as a sequel to other Six on Saturday posts that were in regard to the original topic of the Gladiolus papilio. Well, at least there are fewer sequels about this topic than there are in regard to Rocky. No, not ‘that’ Rocky; although he has too many sequels also. Rocky is a raccoon. Actually, he or she is not a specific raccoon, but is any raccoon who necessitates relocation, and is unlikely the same more than once. Rocky likely return from relocation, but avoid areas in which they were trapped.

1. Rocky VI, or VII, or maybe VIII or more. I can not count them all. Heck, I do not know when we started counting. They might have been quite fashionable nearly a century ago.

2. African daisy may not seem special, but to me, they seem to be atypically colorful. The color range was limited to white and eerie shades of purple while we were still in school.

3. Phlox arrived in one of the more colorful landscapes just a few years ago, and politely proliferated. No one knows how it got here. It is perfectly white, and alluringly fragrant.

4. Bulbine caulescens, which lacks a common name, may seem to be no more interesting than African daisy, but is very special to me, because of who procured it a few years ago.

5. Gladiolus papilio from Tangly Cottage Gardening is, of course, the BIG news for these Six on Saturday. I noticed well budded floral spikes a week ago. They are now blooming!

6. Only a single new floral spike was observed last week. I should have investigated more thoroughly. There are actually several! A few are in full bloom like this. They are so rad!

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16 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: BIG News II!

    1. Thank you! I have been very pleased with them. I had been wanting some sort of perennial Gladiolus for a while, but could not justify purchasing any. (I have a rule against purchasing plants that do not produce fruits or vegetables.) Tangly Cottage Gardening sent me these a few years ago. They have endured major disruption though, since they needed to be relocated shortly after installation, and were then relocated again (!), but are somehow quite prolific. I suspect that they will bloom more profusely after they have lived in the same colony for a few years. A few that were canned during the relocation will eventually get their own place, where they do not need to mix with other perennials, and can just grow wild. I would like them to get the opportunity to grow as ‘semi’ wildflowers. They are not native, and will want irrigation, but I do not mind. Gladiolus murielae arrived shortly afterward, so may also get their own place.

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      1. They should eventually get prolific when they get a space of their own, in a less refined landscape, where they can spread wildly. A good sized clump of bulbs remains canned and waiting for such a spot. They seem to be happy here. I have not enjoyed a new species like this in a long time. Next year, I will be showing off the Watsonias and white grape hyacinth from your landscapes!

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      2. And I will be showing off the watsonia from you, which I foolishly divided in two so now will have to wait till next year for it to bloom. I thought, correctly I am sure, that it would look good in two matched pots but I should have waited a year to divide it if I wanted to see flowers this year.

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      3. I would not say that it was foolish. Besides, it is easy to get off schedule with them. Unfortunately, I needed to remove the entire clump of them when the pines that they lived with were removed. They died back, which I know should not be a problem, but then, they did nothing more.


    1. I had been wanting a perennial Gladiolus for a while, but could not justify procuring any. I was SO pleased when Tangly Cottage Gardening sent these to me! Even though they are not native here, I want to give them a place where they can grow as wildflowers. To me, that is what they look like.

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  1. The white and purple African daisies were reasonably hardy here but seem to have vanished in favour of the brighter colours, which seldom survive winter. I should have put Gladiolus Ruby in this week, it’ll be over next week.

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    1. Those formerly common trailing African daisy bloomed on the big freeways around San Jose until the Big Chill in 1990. I have not seen them since then! A shrubby species appeared shortly afterward, and initially bloomed with similar flowers. After a while those more brightly colored flowers became available.
      ‘Ruby’ Gladiolus papilio has such a pretty color, but seems to be a bit more refined than the sort that I got from Tangly Cottage Gardening. Although I would not pass up an opportunity to grow a few (which do not seem to stay as a ‘few’ for long) if I happened to encounter them, I will not put any effort into procuring any yet. If I do, I would prefer to give them their own place to grow like wildflowers, like I want to do for the Gladiolus papilio that are here, but also keep them somewhat contained. There are many acres out there, but I do not want to fill them all up!


    1. Gladiolus papilio is RAD! I can not stop bragging about it.
      Rocky gets trapped wherever he becomes a problem. This particular Rocky was terrorizing Darla and eating her food, so could not stay here. I take him or her up the road, to the far end of the property. I suspect that those who are relocated eventually return, but then keep their distance from where they are trapped. This particular Rocky could be here by now, but should stay away from Darla.

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    1. Gladiolus papilio has been one of my favorite perennials since I got it. I have enjoyed the cannas also, but for different reasons. These Gladiolus papilio are like a very rare and exotic species might be to someone else who enjoys gardening. They lived in gardens in one of my favorite places to vacation, and were sent to me by someone who appreciates them. Like my other plants, that came here with a ‘history’.


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