I saw this photo of some Agapanthus with Galtonia candicans (taken in the Savill Garden at the beginning of August)
on John Grimshaw’s blog and was very taken with it. I already have a fair few blue Agapanthus (Headbourne Hybrids I think, either way I grew them from seed a few years back) and as it happens I bought a couple of Galtonia bulbs a couple of years ago; it was not a summer bulb that I knew, but I was buying bulbs from Anglia Bulbs and, as usual, got carried away and put a few extra things in my basket (including G. viridiflora which has green flowers which do not appear, to me, to be very distinctive, so that clump is off to a friend who will appreciate them more than me!)
I let one of the Galtonia candicans go to seed last year and I’ve just sown the seed today … two full sized seed trays and I’m sure I’ve sown them far more thickly than is good for them – or me! when it comes time to prick them out. They will be hundreds of seedlings I’m sure …
I read an article suggesting sowing 30-50 in a 3″ pot and then potting on, whole, to a [tall] long-Tom or Clematis pot – splitting them into smaller “clumps” if the initial seed sowing had been a bit heavy-handed, or germination better than expected. I’m probably going to regret not doing that, but I wanted to get them sown – 15-March is the busiest seed sowing time in my calendar plan … so for now they have been sown in seed trays.
A couple of years ago I missed dead heading just one flower on a Lilium regale
and when I later spotted that the seed head had matured I decided I would like more of them in the garden! That one seed head also filled two full sized seed trays.
I left those all season long in the seed tray, poor things – far too shallow for them – and then potted up the little bulbils in the Winter about 4 to a 9cm square pot, and they were left out all last summer, watered only when I remembered. I’m sure the pots were far too shallow for them. Howsoever they are now reasonable, albeit small-ish, bulbs and this week I plan to plant them out. They are probably large enough to flower this year, although the bulbs are not as large as I might buy from H W Hyde for a quid each. There are about 100 pots, so might be anywhere from 200 – 400 bulbs to plant out. When they are in full flower walking down the Shrub Border in the evening is going to be like a Chapel of Rest!
Both of them are likely to come in handy in my new Round White Garden which I am planning to plant up this Spring. Talking of Lilies I bought five varieties of White Lily (5 bulbs of each) from H W Hyde and wondering where to plant them I think I’ll put a couple in the Blue and White Shrubbery, and the rest in the White Round Garden. When they arrived I broke a couple of scales off each bulb and chucked them in some barely-damp Vermiculite in a zip-lock bag, and they should make bulbils and roots in a few weeks.
Here are some photos of the Lilies I bought: