A couple(1) years ago, I planted some gladioli. They were a big disappointment--small, spindly, and spotted--and I decided I wasn't too sad that the plumbers had had to take a few out. I took a few out myself.
I left some in, though, since they weren't much in the way, and wow! They really like being settled. The first one to bloom is more than five feet tall and the blooms are a rich, deep, purple. They're also big.
There's a moral in here somewhere, isn't there?
(1)Good grief. I found the timing out by doing a blog search. I've been blogging for over two years! Since, um, February 2008, with a bit of a try over in MySpace before that. Should I throw a belated birthday party or something?