Agapanthus

By Sally Pudney on 12th July 2015

I haven’t yet painted ‘From my July Garden’, but I was having a speculative look around today, wondering what might be in bloom for August. And there is no doubt that the agapanthus will be the stars of the show as they are all just beginning to break out from their buds, and will be in full bloom in a couple of weeks.

The first one I had, which is very dark blue and quite small came from Bodnant Gardens in North Wales, and has 21 flower buds this year. Then I have a big tub full of white ones that I grew from little bulbs which I mail-ordered from somewhere.

White agapanthus just beginning to open

White agapanthus just beginning to open

One beautiful cornflower blue one I brought back from a garden in Cornwall.

Cornflower blue from Cornwall

Cornflower blue from Cornwall

And I have a pot with two different ones – a light violet blue with a darker stripe down the petals, and a very pale almost grey blue – both these last bought from Beth Chatto’s garden.

Agapanthus from Beth Chatto, with the thick foliage and much shorter tight buds of Bodnant's dark blue behind them

Agapanthus from Beth Chatto, with the thick foliage and much shorter tight buds of Bodnant’s dark blue behind them

I think I have already got a idea which it is to be . . . . . . . . . .

Hope your week gets off to a good start 🙂


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