Sometimes I come around here talking fancy plant talk. Throwing around Latin names and cultivars and hybridizers and all that botanical business. Well, today, I come to you as a humble admirer of a plant I know close to nothing about: the Gladiolus.
For most of my life I actually sort of ignored Gladioli. They seemed too pastel, or too tall, or too something, to my garden-designing and bouquet-arranging self. When planting bulbs (or korms, as the case may be with Glads), I steered towards more exotic Fritallaria or sweet-smelling, shade-tolerating Lilium. But had I ever really LOOKED at Glads? Had I been duped by too many Dutch Gardens catalogs with boring, over-blown bulb displays? Or the red silk stalks formed into a heart in the funerary floral department? What’s my hang-up? Doing a little research, I found that Gladioli—old fashioned, under-appreciated, and available in a wide range of colors and varieties, deserve a chance.
I’m glad to say that I am fully embracing the Gladiolus. In art, in my bouquets, and in my garden.
Ok, maybe sexy is a bit much to describe a plant. But, I am definitely giving Glads a second look, and I’m considering how to create a sunny spot in my garden to plant a few varieties.
Speaking of giving them a second look, those of you who have been wondering if our digital Gladioli set would ever make it into a clear polymer set just might get your wish granted soon. :)
OH - be sure to check out our Gladioli Pinterest board to see some of the gorgeous cards the Bloom Brigade designed with the digi set. Much juiciness to be taken in! Have a great day, and hope you’re feeling as glad about Glads as I am.