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A name for this orb of white flecks?


 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:50 pm    Post subject: A name for this orb of white flecks? Reply with quote

I want to get one of these in blue or purple, as spied in Mucross House, but I've no idea what it's called.

For anyone interested, it has great lasting power as a cut flower.

Thanks in advance



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a lovely title for your thread.

It looks like an Agapanthus. Possibly Agapanthus africana albus.
There are now many different ones sold, some just 6" tall to real giants. They also come in white, blue and mauve.

http://www.google.co.uk/images?hl=en&rls=p,com.microsoft:en-gb:IE-SearchBox&rlz=1I7SUNA_en-GB&q=agapanthus%20africanus%20albus&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1239&bih=528

http://www.google.co.uk/images?rls=p,com.microsoft:en-gb:IE-SearchBox&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7SUNA_en-GB&redir_esc=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1239&bih=528&q=agapanthus&tbs=isch:1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agapanthus


http://www.avonbulbs.co.uk/agapanthus_1_2_1.htm
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic and thanks for the links. I'm off to the garden centre a happy planter.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

they are indeed lovely Ruby, have a read through this thread about growing them here in Ireland

http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about3911.html

General rule of thumb, mistreat* them as much as possible, they will encourage them to flower.

*Dry / hot / restricted root growth

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:08 am    Post subject: agapanthus Reply with quote

Hi Ruby,

I planted a new white agapanthus, in the early summer this year, named,"White Heaven" and I am delighted to see bud forming around now. It is a more tender variety than some and likes to be kept dryish in a south facing position.

artalis Very Happy

Almost forgot, this one is evergreen.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They flower best when slightly pot bound in a container.
Make sure they get lots of sun.

http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/pots-containers/agapanthus/
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:32 am    Post subject: more tender but tough all the same Reply with quote

This one's dramatic, with black stems and blue-purple flowerheads that are black when in bud, named agapanthus"Back in Black.". I have it in my front coastal garden in very poor soil, and fully exposed on three sides. Was slow to get going there, but is doing great now.

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