Among the summer-flowering bulbs the most showy and popular are the modern varieties of the gladiolus, and they are about as easy to grow and manage as the potato or onion. The bulbs can be kept dry in a box as easily as onions. For continuous effect the bulbs should be planted from early in spring to the first of June. The gorgeous flowers are hardly equalled for the parlor vase and are peculiarly durable. If not in a sheltered position, the flower-stems need supporting by small stakes.