Six on Saturday 27-7-19 – Mid-Summer Bulbs

Agapanthus Alan Street (?)

Such a relief this morning to wake up to persistent rain after the heat of the past week.  The garden has stood up reasonably well to the heat but I am sure a day of light rain will freshen everything up.  I’ve done a Six on Saturday post on bulbs before so I thought I would do another one on mid-summer bulbs as bulbs is somewhat of a weakness of mine.

First up is one of my Agapanthus and I am pretty certain, well 90% certain, this is Agapanthus Alan Street as I know I bought this a few years back and it flowered and is a dark blue.   I have quite a few Agapanthus most of them planted in the borders, as this one is, as I tend to go for the hardier varieties.

Agapanthus africanus ‘Twister’

Another bedraggled Agapanthus, this time Agapanthus africanus ‘Twister’.  I honestly don’t remember acquiring this one so was thrilled when the flower started to open especially as I kept looking at this variety when I was away last week – luckily I didn’t buy another one.

Galtonia candicans

Galthonia candicans is for me a wonderfully glamour plants which I would like to see grown more.  The flowers have a sort of waxy look to them which I love.  I have planted it several times in the past, and even grown it from seed one, but it doesn’t come back reliably year on year which is maybe why more people don’t grow it.

Habranthus brachyandrus pink

Another surprise is the Habranthus brachyandrus which I found flowering in the greenhouse.  I expect it was flowering when I bought it a few years back but it hasn’t flowered since.  I suspect the heat over the past period has helped. The flowers are completely disproportionate to the thin grassy stems, so much so it makes you wonder how the flowers are held up.

Another allium, again no labels to be found.  I like this one as its a small allium and has gentle soft look to it.

Tulbaghia violacea alba

And finally Tulbaghia violacea alba which is a lovely reliable bulb and works well against the silver foliage of the Artemisia

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Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

10 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 27-7-19 – Mid-Summer Bulbs”

  1. I think I have the same little anonymous allium. The Twister agapanthus is very pretty.

  2. I have that allium too – without going out and checking I recall it is A ‘Millenium’. Must try agapanthus in the borders – i have some in a pot grown from seed but am not expecting flowers yet!

  3. What a lovely selection of bulbs! I’d love to grow ‘The Twister’ and that habranthus…must look out for those!

  4. The agapanthus twister is lovely and so is the harbanthus (new to me!). I was also pleased to see some rain yesterday, but it has persisted into Sunday and still pouring down here.

  5. Wow, I can not imagine purchasing agapanthus. I see them in nurseries sometimes. They see odd to me. I divide so many at work, and have several heeled in outside just because we can not think of where to put them in the landscapes. There are just too many of them. I do have my favorites; the old fashioned simple blue that I have been growing since I was in junior highs school, and the comparable simple white. Most of what grows at work are more compact plants.
    Incidentally, there are also tulbaghia heeled in with the agapanthus too. They are the common lavender ones though.

  6. That Tulbaghia violacea is quite yummy. An image search shows that even the foliage is pretty. This is my first year for harbanthus & I’m a convert. They’re so beautiful to look at. You may’ve convinced me to think more about summer bulbs. (My poor bank account.) Good looking Six.

  7. After some success with spring bulbs I have ventured into summer bulbs this year with limited success so far. Lots of leaves on some, but no flowers yet. I might do a sixer if I get six in flower! I like your Habranthus brachyandrus pink – I have Habranthus Robusta (Zephyranthus) rain lilies, which are a deeper pink and they have been grown outside in a pot. I might just replant them in a sunny spot next year.

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