Growing Bulbs for the Summer: Tigridia
One of the most exotic and unusual of all bulbous flowers for the summer garden is the tigridia, sometimes catalogued as Ferraria and also known as the Peacock Tiger Flower.
The quaint shape and marking of the flowers attract attention wherever they are grown. The blooms are open and shaped rather like a wide, shallow bowl with three broad petals which seem to droop slightly, and three considerably smaller inner petals which are flattened against the bottom of the bowl.
In July and August the 10 to 15-in. stems bear a series of four to six gorgeous flowers which open one after another. Each flower lasts only for a day but a succession is maintained by planting clumps of about two dozen corms. These are inexpensive and make a splendid display because of the brilliant, variable colouring of the flowers, mainly orange-scarlet, spotted with deep crimson at the base of the segments, but there are numerous varieties ranging in colour from white to violet.
Tigridias are as easy to grow as large-floweredand cultivation is similar. The corms should be planted in late March or April 3 to 4 in. deep and 6 in. apart in rich, well-drained soil. They need warm, sunny positions to thrive and flourish. The soil should be mixed with and before planting with the addition of a little sharp sand placed around each corm. To induce continuous flowering a few applications of liquid manure from the time the first buds appear will be helpful and bring out the real colour tones. When they have finished flowering about the end of August and the foliage has withered lift and store them for the winter in a cool, dry, frostfree place.