If there’s one flower that often is put down and denigrated, it would be the gladiolus. I’ll be the first to admit that this tall flower that grows from a corm can be a little messy in the garden, especially if it isn’t staked or supported. The flowers don’t last very long and if you want glads throughout the summer, you have to plant a succession of corms. Also, to a lot of people, glads are funeral flowers. Glads have gotten this description because florists have overused the glad as a line flower in funeral mache arrangements.
I understand the negative image that the glad has gotten but I think the following pictures make the case that glads have a beauty all their own. When you look closely at the individual flowers, the sensual nature of the humble gladiolus is revealed. Up close, this is no funeral flower!