Thursday, August 13, 2009

Agapanthus From Our Friend Nina

Last summer one of In the Garden's faithful readers and early commenter, Nina, dropped by the house and brought a lovely gift. The gift was of course a plant and not just any plant either. Agapanthus 'Storm Cloud' was the plant and it is a gift that keeps giving. This is the first year it has bloomed and I have two blooms! Agapanthus is also known as Lily of the Nile and is a lovely plant to have in the garden. Hummingbirds LOVE it! It is not hardy to my zone however so I store my plant, pot and all, under the house in the crawlspace where it sleeps for the winter. As soon as the weather warms up it comes out of dormancy and begins growing. This is a lovely lovely blue color that shows up well in the garden and I'd like to say thanks Nina!

in the garden....

And due to Skeeter's visit to Tennessee this week we have all decided to journey out to Nina's beautiful home for a visit. I'll tell Nina thanks in person today.

We want to wish Skeeter's Mother a very Happy Birthday today!

33 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful dark blue Tina .. I bet it really stands out among the other plants in the garden. Every time I see one I think about getting it .. I have yet to DO the deed ! LOL
    Joy

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  2. I love Agapanthus!!!!! How nice of Nina to share this with you. I do hope you post photos of her gardens..

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  3. That is the most beautiful shade of blue. Beautiful plant Tina!

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  4. Wow, what a gorgeous shade of blue; I adore that agapanthus and am asking myself why I don't have any. After a quick Google I answer myself that it's out of my zone (grumble grumble), but I suppose I could treat it as an annual. Have fun visiting with Nina and Skeeter!

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  5. Good morning all!

    Joy, Do DO the deed. You'll love but it does need special care-not hardy.

    Darla, So glad you love the agapanthus. I must be hardy for you.

    Linda, It really stands out and I would not think the blue does but it does. Hummers love it!

    Monica, It is a nice plant. Not hardy here either but easy enough to winter over.

    Everyone have a great day! I'll try to respond as I have the time.

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  6. Good morning Tina, that's is the most gorgeous blue!! This one is going on my list! Have a great week!

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  7. Good morning Tina. I've seen these here and there but never one that color. Beautiful blue. Saw one that must have been much older and it completely filled its pot.
    Marnie

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  8. Very nice! I shy away from things I have to bring inside but one like that is tempting!

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  9. Good Morning Everyone.
    That is a beautiful color of blue. I have it on my list. I already have the light blue & a white one. They have bloomed already in my area. I have mine in pots & they have done fine during the winter. I just put them up against the house.
    I hope you girls have a wonderful time today at Nina's. Sure with I could be there. Do take pics of her lovely garden so we can see too.

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  10. What a beautiful blue. We lost one of ours last year and the ones that we still have don’t seem to be flourishing. --Randy

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  11. You should try Agapanthus 'Midnight Blue' it is supposed to be hardy to zone 6.

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  12. How pretty! I love the daint petals on it and it must have the growth all on top a stem? Very beautiful! Have fun today!

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  13. Love this plant! After I saw great wads of them in Tallahassee, FL and Dothan, AL, I bought two pots of a smaller, paler one last year.

    This year I found Storm Cloud and bought two more! They're hardy here, green for most of the winter only to die back after a harder freeze and start over in the spring.

    I hope you are making photos at Nina's today.

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  14. Mom and i are about to head out. Today is her birthday and after our visit with Nina, I am taking mom to her childhood stomping grounds. We will go to the family plot behind the white chapel church and pay our respects to my mothers family. I should learn more family history today!

    My camera is in my purse loaded and ready to go!

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  15. Oh my but what a stunning plant. I don't think I have ever heard of it and probably because it would not be one people would have here in the cold northern winters.

    Wish I was there today but I sure will be thinking of you gals and the fun you are having. I am taking Sarah and Josh to the airport today as they are going to her mothers for a week. Leaving early to do some shopping in the big city.

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  16. This flowers is gorgeous, I can see why it stands out in the flowerbeds. Such a wonderful gift.

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  17. That's a gorgeous flower - thanks for showing it. I don't like to dig things up, but I like your solution of moving it in a pot!

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  18. What a lovely blue! It must really stand out in the garden. How nice to have friends who are so ready to share their treasures :)

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  19. What a beautiful blue! I have a hardy Agapanthus that I received as a gift -- I need to move it since it hasn't bloomed yet -- it's on my immediate list of things to do, especially after seeing this picture.

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  20. Hi Tina~
    What a beautiful royal blue color! I love the unusual texture agapanthus adds to the garden. What a wonderful gift to receive...I hope it grows and multiplies.
    Happy day~ Karrita

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  21. Gorgeous blue Tina...I don't think I've seen it before! gail

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  22. What a great gift Tina. I love the rich violet coloring of the blooms. Encouraging that it bloomed in the second year too. I overwintered one last year (pale lavender blooms) and it has yet to bloom this summer. I was wondering what to do but now I guess I'll just cart it back down to the basement and store again for this winter. Hopefully it will do what yours did and bloom next year.

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  23. Happy B-Day to your Mom, Skeeter. It's nice to learn family history. Learn all you can.

    My light blue or lavender bloomed last yr. & again this yr. I sure was happy about that.

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  24. herzliche Glückwünsche auch aus Bremen !!! happy birthday !!!
    Kathrin

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  25. Hi Tina -I'm sure everyone had a super great time today --looking forward to seeing some pictures Skeeter:)

    And, a big Happy Birthday to Skeeter's mommy:)

    This flower is so pretty --I don't think I'd do well with it -I'd forget to get it back out, hehehe.

    Lots going on with school back in session. We will be walking over to get the two little ones in a tiny bit.

    Really nice day today --kind of warm but it's August:0)

    Hope you have fun shopping in the big city Jean --sounds like it will be a good and busy day.

    Hi Lola --just wanted to say have a great evening in case I don't get on here later. Homework abounds this time of year --and the mounds of paperwork to be filled out by the mom:) hehehe

    Ciao

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  26. That is one gorgeous plant! I always am a fan of the violet color! Gifts are always cherished more than the nursery and greenhouse purchases. :)
    Rosey

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  27. Just gorgeous! I tried growing one of these when I was still in high school. I started it indoors and it rotted before it even put out a leaf. I should order one again this coming spring, they really are an amazing flower.

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  28. What a lovely gift! This is a special one, not many flowers have that type of blue color.

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  29. The Lily of the Nile has the most amazing shade of blue! What a wonderful addition to your garden!

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  30. Thanks for the B'day wishes for my mom. We had a wonderful daughter and mommy day together....

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  31. We have a lot of agapanthus out in these parts. The plants are hardy here and don't demand too much additional water, so they're popular to the point of being used too much in gardens. But the color on your clone is outstanding and unusual for what we see.

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  32. What a pretty color of blue! Gifts from garden friends are the best.

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  33. My partner has an Agapanthus fetish. I wrote about it on my post 'Home for wayward Agapanthus'.

    http://moonovermartinborough.com/2009/10/17/home-for-wayward-agapanthus/

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