Lilies in the Great Marquee at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show – a grand stand exhibit put together by Cheshire Nursery, Harts in Congleton. A display of cut flowers in perfect condition (the chill week no doubt helped keep them at their peak).

Gladioli, below, are making a comeback and not just the demur species-types – in our borders, the Cutting Garden and on allotments. With stockier plants requiring little staking and greater colour choice (not all shouty-shouty I might add), there should be at least one that will appeal.Go on, you know you want too …

I suspect (casting my mind back) these were all on the Pheasant Acre Plants exhibit – winning a Gold Medal

Which brings us back into Lilyland – albeit of a different family – Alstroemerias aka Peruvian Lilies – these on the Philip Tivey & sons exhibit –