As of today I still haven’t cut a spike from my gladioli beds! It seems that everyone is having the same problem with the season being late. However, looking around there are flowers just on the horizon.
I have been staking the spikes now for a while to try and keep them straight. Most seem to be behaving, but ‘Socrates’ is being true to form and shapes itself like a boomerang even if you catch it just coming out of the leaves!
A close up of one of the ‘Careless’ spikes. 21 buds which isn’t too bad for the variety.