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Too Much Of A Good Thing


By AndrewR


This is gladiolus papilio – the flower is a dusky purple and opens in September. It always attacts attention when in bloom

But while the flowers are good, the roots are bad, spreading by underground runners

I planted half a dozen just four years ago but this is how the border looks now (sorry about the fuzzy image)

Two hours later, I’ve tried to get all the blighters out but I think there are still some lurking, ready to shoot again next year. I accidentally dug up some iris and a dierama (the foliage looks the same) getting them out. But for now, it looks better

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I must go and look for mine. I forgot I have these. They are overgrown by a range of things. they are still lovely though.

6 Sep, 2010


same here SBG, planted some last year, ?wonder where I put them LOL

7 Sep, 2010


Andrew that s really funny, showing us those beautiful blooms and then calling them blighters!! I know what you mean though. Oriental poppies do the same and although I love their brilliance in Spring, they do tend to run everywhere.

7 Sep, 2010

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