We were late getting home from exploring a scrap shop with our sewing club on the other side of town – definitely worth it – but there was still plenty of light for me to get a gardening job or two done this afternoon.
One of these was to start digging up the gladioli bulbs so that they don’t get killed by the frost come November. Then I was going to plant some spring bulbs in their place, along with grazing rye (green manure). I had deliberated whether or not to sow any of the latter in this spot but felt on balance it would be better to have some growth to look at over the winter, if nothing else.
Anyway, when I took out the gladioli bulbs, I was perplexed by their appearance. They had nodules growing on them, which may be quite normal but which is definitely not something I have seen before on any bulbs!
I’m not really keen on digging up and replanting, but whether or not the bulbs do go in the ground again next year, I need to decide for now what to do with them. The stalks have not died back, as say daffodils would, so I guess they are stored bulbs and all?
© Helen Butt, October 2014