Saturday, January 14, 2017

Gladiolus MM 10-30

Seed parent: Gladiolus carmineus
Pollen parent: Gladiolus watsonius

The parents:

This was an interesting cross. The seed parent is pink and blooms in Autumn, before the leaves come up, and often before it starts to rain. The pollen parent is scarlet and blooms in late winter. So I was curious to see not just what the flowers would look like, but when they would bloom.

MM 10-30a. The flowers are pinky red, and they bloom in the first half of January, when few other bulbs are in bloom. It's nice to spot these cheerful flowers in a pot when the only things nearby are green leaves.

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