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Swiss sue, I will PM you.
Valerianella is a nasty troll who pops up to stir things. Have a look at her previous postings. Best reported and then ignored.
and highly scented.
Allow the leaves to go yellow and die down. Lift and store the corms frost free ( but not too warm) Plant deep next spring in a sunny position in well drained soil.
The old method of hanging up a bit of seaweed and looking out of the window works best. If its wet, its raining. If its flapping about its windy. If its dry, its sunny.
Its about as reliable as the met office anyway.
You may be able to get plug plants at the moment. They would then flower next year if you get them in now.
or you can get seeds to sow in spring, pot on into little 7cm pots, and plant out next autumn. Seeds are available in most garden centres.
Allotment Max---- you can cancel the gym subscription. You have an allotment. Plenty of things to spend money on there .......compost, seeds,and plenty of exercise.
They are Gladiolus murielae aka Acidanthera
Good luck Tam.I dont know whether you can get some of the varieties we have here, such as Sambucus Black Lace, but there are many elderberries that are decorative as well as productive.