What's Blooming in August

By LarryR
August 25, 2012

August has turned out to be a good month here at Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens. Having suffered substantially from heat, drought, Japanese beetles, and moles during June and July, many of our flowering plants are bouncing back with amazing rapidity and vigor. Come on in and see what's blooming and who our lucky winner is in July's mystery blossom contest.

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Aug 25, 2012 10:54 AM CST
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Name: Vicki
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They are such happy plants and yours are beautiful!

I love these articles Larry, thank you so much!

Cindi - I was already amazed at all you do while reading your story and then to find you deal with Rheumatoid I am so humbled. BLESS you for all that you are able to do and your fortitude to keep going. You're an amazing person and it's an honor to be a co-ATP and Cubit person with you Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Aug 26, 2012 2:28 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
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I enjoyed the nana glads pictures.
I'll be looking for some next season.

We have a lily beetle in some parts of Calgary.
It has not reached my area yet!

People from the Agriculture College are tracking it, and trying to bring a wasp they have in Europe
over here. The wasp targets the lily beetle.
Aug 26, 2012 11:25 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
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Vicki and Caroline, glad you enjoyed this month's article. I hope those lily beetles are stopped in their tracks before they reach your area, Caroline.

After writing this article, I learned that the species name nanus used by the supplier of my glads is used by many retailers as a catch-all term for glads that are now listed under other names. There are so many name changes and synonyms for plants at the moment that it can get quite confusing. The red glad with the white picotee edge is called 'Atom' and is also listed as Babiana nana ). The others are listed in our database as Gladiolus dalenii (Parrot Gladiola (Gladiolus dalenii)).
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Aug 26, 2012 2:34 PM CST
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Larry, I just want to clear up a possible misunderstanding. 'Atom' is not listed as Babiana nana and has nothing to do with Babiana nana. You may have seen your article mistakenly featured on the B. nana page (because the term used in your article to describe these glads, Gladiolus nanus, is actually a synonym of Babiana nana) and thought it was your photo.

'Atom' is only in the Gladiolus database.

Gladiolus 'Atom'
Aug 26, 2012 9:04 PM CST
Name: Mona
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Larry, I'm from the daylily side but I just had to tell you how much I love the "red glad" or whatever it is. It's just plum stunning!! I'd love to bring that color and design to my daylilies. You're blessed with a true beauty. Thanks for sharing with us all, Mona
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