Making a Case for Gladioli

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!


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