That’s what I said. Despite widespread unease, there is no shame in growing the gladiolus, which is an unfailingly reliable cut flower, with sufficient choice of colour and form to suit even yourself. The distinctive corms should be planted now. If they’re for cut flowers, line them up in a row in the kitchen garden and plant them deeply, the length of the trowel blade, in soil well prepared with organic matter. Put a cane at each end of the row, ready to run a double length of twine to support the plants in due course. Then, just wait.

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