Manukau Courier - - GARDENING -

Gladioli come in so many colours there’s one for ev­ery plant­ing scheme. There’s a choice of slim, del­i­cate or large ruf­fled blooms. Be­ing tall and slim they fit in around spring flow­er­ing plants, ready to strut their stuff when the early bloomers have done their dash.

Corms are in gar­den cen­tres now. Choose firm, chunky ones that haven’t dried out or gone soft. Plant any time from now un­til the end of De­cem­ber. They flower around 100 days af­ter plant­ing so if you plant a batch ev­ery cou­ple of weeks you’ll have months of

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