Like most of us plotters and growers, I’ve been looking at last years photos of summer harvests and flowers.

You’ll know that I’m mad in love with roses and peonies.  Honestly, any flower other than begonias – it’s those fleshy, furry leaves!  I found this of magenta gladioli and reminded myself that there’s something else to squeeze into plot 48.  I thought they’d be happy bed-sharing with the peonies.  Andrew’s comment on my Too many flowers post nudged me into sharing it with you lovely people.

The trouble I find with gladioli is knowing when to cut them – that balance with enough blooms open without any of the early openers shrivelling, that’s not a good look in the vase.  The other is how to arrange them in the vase and/or finding the right vase to balance the height.  Hopefully, I’ll have some tall and interesting foliage to help with the balance this year.

I’m confessing here that I’ve ordered 20 Green Star corms.  I’m off to sit on the naughty step for a bit 😉img_2057