Its the same every season, expectations building for months only for the first few Gladioli to flower and disappoint. The first are dispatched to the compost bins pretty quickly, I really do resent their presence.
But its not long before the better ones flower and I know the season will improve with plants with G papilio blood flowering later in the season. They are easily spotted before the flowers appear with their thinner, sharper leaves. But this appeared yesterday, unassuming, very green and blending in beautifully, a great antidote to the exhibition style Gladiolas. Exactly the style I'm aiming for, almost wild like in its habit.