As the catalogues come through the door, thoughts turn to next year and what to grow.

First on the list to sort were the gladioli. Some of the varieties which have stood out this year included a new seedling ‘AD788-1’, a 500 size available from Showglads. According to growers this season it produces consistently  good spikes. The bankers ‘Of Singular Beauty’ and ‘Careless’ are also on the list. Another favourite I am planning to grow is ‘Rotary’ available from Great Western Gladiolus. ‘Tsolum’, a 200, is one which I haven’t grown before so I am going to try it this year. There were a number of good spikes at the shows.