Speaking of blue

Nigella(9a-steamy)February 3, 2003

Does anybody here know this lovely little glad? I've been trying really hard to ID it and nobody seems to know what it is! Thanks a bunch.

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Nigella(9a-steamy)

I looked at over a thousand pictures of Gladiolus without finding a match soI wrote to Tony Avent to ask what this is and he said he thought it was Gladiolus byzantinus but was forwarding my e-mail to Scott Ogden for confirmation. Here's the e-mail I just got from him:
Margaret:
Attached is the confirmation on the glad id from Scott Ogden.

>Tony-
> >Bingo. It's definitely the common old form of Gladiolus
byzantinus, the
>desirable heirloom cultivar, 'Cruentus', not to be confused
with the
>inferior pinkish forms now commonly schlepped around in the
Dutch trade.
> These usually bloom with
bearded irises
>here in mid-April & thrive on heavy soil.

>-Scott

Tony Avent

Thank you all so much for the responses, it was a hard one to find!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2003 at 8:41PM
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jkom51(Z9 CA/Sunset 17)

Nigella, aren't you lucky! That is a gorgeous plant! I was just reading an article in the latest issue of Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living (one of those Better Home & Gardens specialty mags) where they have an article on pg 48 on antique bulbs, titled "Yesterday's Bulbs for Today's Gardens".

There's a short paragraph on the history of glads, as well as hyacinths, tulips, dahlias (didn't know that of the 10,000 varieties enjoyed by the Victorians, only 3 still exist!), lilies, daffodils and cannas.

Not a long article, but enjoyable and a lot of nice pictures. I'm inspired to find the little dwarf canna 'Atom', which looks gorgeous! It's always nice to try to keep these older plants around.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2003 at 12:46PM
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