Photographs on the WIKI

Mary Sue Ittner
Wed, 14 Sep 2005 07:37:30 PDT
Dear All,

Both my husband and I thought Gladiolus carmineus when we looked at David's 
picture, but I suppose his Gladiolus could be a hybrid too. I looked both 
Gladiolus stefaniae and Gladiolus carmineus up in the Gladiolus in Southern 
Africa book. They are very similar in that they both flower in the fall 
before the leaves appear.

Gladiolus stefaniae is described in that book as 2 to 4 flowered with 
brilliant scarlet or carmine flowers with a median white streak in the 
lower two-thirds. Gladiolus carmineus is described as 2-6 flowered with 
flowers pale to deep pink with the lower three tepals having a median 
whitish streak surrounded by a pale mauve halo, occasionally with the upper 
lateral tepals similarly marked.

I haven't gotten G. stefaniae to bloom yet. Last year I got some bulbs from 
Telos, but my bet would be G. carmineus because of the color and the number 
of flowers that David says his has. The notes indicate some populations of 
G. stefaniae were once thought to be G. carmineus so others have confused 
the two. Hopefully we will hear from some of our South African list members.

Speaking of G. carmineus, it is flowering all over my garden at the moment. 
It's got to be one of my favorite bulbs. It blooms in the fall when 
California gardens are a bit tired and it is so charming and dainty and 
able to survive my conditions without any care whatsoever. I let mine 
reseed about as I'm happy for it to naturalize and turn up in different 
places. It doesn't seem to be replacing anything. Instead of our usual 
Indian summer we sometimes have in the fall we are having a continuation of 
the early morning fog sometimes burning off later in the day. So I am 
appreciating the pink flowers here and there.

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers 

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