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Glamour Gladioli for summer 2015

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Jon No Comments
Glamour Gladioli

Glam­our Gladioli

I want to turn read­ers atten­tion to plant­ing some real glam­our into their gar­dens this sum­mer in the form of ‘Glam­our­glads’ a rel­a­tively new range of Glad­i­oli. March has always been the tra­di­tional time to start plant­ing glad­i­oli corms and set­ting them in their flow­er­ing posi­tions is best done sequen­tially through April too to pro­vide a long sea­son of inter­est. In the past I have planted the corms all at one time result­ing in two to three weeks of fab­u­lous colour but you can get colour from the end of June through to Sep­tem­ber if they are planted a week apart dur­ing the spring and early sum­mer.
They haven’t quite become ‘de regueur’ in British gar­dens quite yet, but it won’t be long. In my opin­ion Glad­i­oli are very much the ‘Tulip of the sum­mer’. They are cheap to buy and avail­able in a wide vari­ety of colours and sizes. Tra­di­tion­ally gar­den­ers would lift dry and store the corms in win­ter but even through the recent cold win­ters of 20112/13 I have been leav­ing clumps out in the ground over win­ter. It seems and as long as they have been planted at a good depth and deeply mulched in win­ter they have flow­ered reli­ably each sum­mer since. Cer­tainly this seems true where gar­dens are lucky enough to have good drainage and lighter soil. Apart from a few pock­ets of clay this is true for most of us in Mose­ley.
The corms them­selves are on sale in nurs­eries now although for the best choice of colours espe­cially the new Glam­our Glads go to online sup­pli­ers such as These new Glam­ourous Glad­i­oli are smaller than tra­di­tional hybrids and are less likely to fall over. The vari­ety of colours avail­able is even more exten­sive and can sat­isfy the most sub­tle or gar­ish of tastes. If you are unsure where to plant them I set sev­eral batches in pots to grow on and then plant in the bed spaces that nat­u­rally appear after the first flush of sum­mer flow­er­ing plants comes and goes.
Plant in groups of 3 or 5 rather than in ran­dom sin­gu­lar­i­ties. Plant them deep in the soil 10 –15 cm at least, which seems to stop the heavy flower spike falling over and amongst other herba­ceous plants and shrubs The mem­ory of sin­gle or lines of tall Gal­dioli, usu­ally in mixed and highly uncom­pli­men­tary colour com­bi­na­tions fight­ing against the bam­boo canes used by des­per­ate gar­den­ers to prop them up still hor­ri­fies me. These eas­ily grown and stun­ning bulbs are a gift to us gar­den­ers that often strug­gle to pro­vide flow­ers all the way through the sum­mer.
A smaller selec­tion is avail­able at Not­cutts in Soli­hull, Bournville Gar­den Cen­tre and Webbs of Wychbold.

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