Triffid migration


Wednesday 24 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

A few years ago we acquired some bulbs, and/or seeds; not sure which. Anyway, each summer they bloom, as you can see below, and then die back each autumn. No idea what they are, but I’m sure one of you budding real gardeners will no doubt enlighten me within the next hour or so 🙂




They have a huge single bulb or tuber which is located very deep down, some 30-40cm I’ve found. Whilst pretty, we finally found an alternative use to the house flower beds – under the olive trees that mark the boundary between garden and orchards.




Bit by bit, I’ve been gradually pick-axing up the tubers each winter, and transplanting them into the rocky bank where we want them to end up. Of course, once they die back, you can never find their location, hence a few still remain by the house (see centre left below). This summer I have marked each one with a stick in the ground – potential good theory come winter time…




One of the reasons to use them by the olives is that they are beautiful in the summer, flowering mostly from late May right through until early October at least. Then, they snap at the base usually in the first autumn storm, and you don’t see them again until late spring the next year, which of course is spot on for olive harvesting – the ground is clear when you need it – hence we could never plant ‘normal’ things there. Hopefully within a couple of years, we shall have a decent spread of colour in what was quite a bland area 🙂




16 thoughts on “Triffid migration

  1. maamej says:

    They look a bit like a variety of impatiens.


  2. Hmm, they might be nicotianas .. but I didn’t think they grew that big. 🙂


  3. dayphoto says:

    They look sorta like 4 O’clocks! I adore them. They spread by seeds!


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