I’m tired of going into florists and not being able to afford the most beautiful flowers. I love gladioli but don’t have them in the house nearly as often as I’d like, mainly because they are pricey, but also because the flowers in the shops are so much smaller than I know they should be. Where they send the huge specimens – I don’t know. So this season, I’ve decided to devote some space on the allotment to growing cut flowers. I’ve done some research and Gladioli prefer full sun but can tolerate a small amount of shade (perfect for the allotment). They need to be spaced out fairly widely and I’ll need to keep them weeded (as they don’t compete well). Also I’ll need to feed them with all purpose fertilizer. On the surface of it it looks pretty simple. I’ll need to stake them if they are to grow in the wilds of the allotment – but that can be arranged. You can buy around 25 bulbs for Ã‚Â£6 or Ã‚Â£7 and I’ve chosen to go with Black Jack and Nymph. If I order them now they won’t arrive until March (when you need to plant them) which is long time to wait but I get the feeling that suppliers run out once you get closer to Spring and so I’m putting my order in now. Wish me luck! And if anyone has any growing tips then send them over.