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The commercial cultivars of Gladiolus are highly susceptible to disease which do not only mars the production of quality spikes but also a major bottle neck in the commercial growing of flowers.
Another good variety is Gladiolus x colvillei 'he Bride, producing elegant, ivory-white flowers on 60cm (2ft) stems, which are great for cutting, or G.
The gladiolus is not only beautiful, but is practical and useful.
STANDINGS (in order of wins, losses, overall pinfalls): 1 Carnation (11, 5, 12,369); 2 Anemone (11, 5, 12,107); 3 Yarrow (9, 7, 12,425); 4 Gladiolus (9, 7, 12,292); 5 Delphinium (9, 7, 12,236); 6 Cockscomb (8, 8, 12,361); 7 Tritoma (8, 8, 12,266); 8 Calla Lily (6, 10, 12,251); 9 Daffodil (6, 10, 12,210); 10 Waxflower (3, 13, 11,403).
Another good variety is Gladiolus x colvillei 'The Bride', producing elegant, ivory-white flowers on 60cm (2ft) stems, which are great for cutting, or G.
I recommend Gladiolus `Rajah Rose', as the flowers are a spectacular deep rose-red with a contrasting white throat.
Callas, gladiolus, lilies, and tiger flowers produce a showy display in pots or garden beds.
While dahlias (pictured) have sprung back into fashion in recent years, the gladiolus is also making a comeback in more subtle colours which would suit most tastes.
Photo: Miniature gladiolus on right has blooms about half the size of the standard glad on the left
They are commonly known as African corn lily and come from the same family as the common gladiolus. In fact the flowers actually look like smaller versions of the gladiolus, surrounded by sword-like leaves.
Floral creations courtesy of Huddersfield and District Fuchsia and Geranium Society Open Show along with the Yorkshire Gladiolus Society Early Show provided a colourful and fragrant back drop alongside Huddersfield Miniatures Club's houses and street scenes.