Summer by the stairs

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Summer by the stairs

Postby Luzy » Tue Jan 17, 2006 5:49 pm

This is the same garden near our front entry stairs, though a slightly different angle to the spring pic. This is my first go at Galtonias and what a statement they make. I imagine that a big clump would be superb. This is also where 'Chukka' lives; Dianthus in the foreground, Dahlias in the background and lots of 'other' stuff...

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Postby Marrion » Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:40 am

Great photo, Luzy (Y) Everything blends together beautifully and the Galtonia sure does make a statement. I have had some here for several years but they never seemed to do anything much until this year, not out yet but looking promising (yn)
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Postby Guest » Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:44 pm

Hello - we love Galtonia's, here in perth they grow very well.

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Postby Luzy » Tue Feb 07, 2006 5:16 pm

Hi T,

Do your Galtonias clump-up quickly? (And any tips to keep them looking good...)
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Postby mic » Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:10 pm

Could someone tell me which of the plants is a Galtonia?? I see they grow in Perth so it may be something I could try.
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Postby Pam » Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:46 am

Luzy, what is the silver foliage toward the front?
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Postby Luzy » Wed Feb 08, 2006 5:23 pm

Hi Mic,

The Galtonia is the tall, strappy plant with white flowers that's sticking up in the middle. One flower head was waaay ahead of the others, hence the difference in heights. That little clump is from three bulbs.

Pam, the silver foliage is a Purple Sage - one that had layered off the main plant that I grabbed in case the other died (my culinary sages seem to last only two or three seasons).

And, the gold foliage is a marjoram and the lime green sticking up to the left of the Galtonias is a salvia called Black and Blue - brilliant blue flowers with black (absolutely black) sepals (?), but unfortunately I didn't cut it right back last year and it's horribly leggy. :cry: (But still alive! :lol: )
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Postby Lea » Sat Feb 18, 2006 1:01 am

I love the deep red Dianthus 8)
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