“Glad Happy”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
You don’t see many gladiolus in gardens. I don’t think it is because they have fallen out of favor since I don’t remember seeing them in gardens years ago, either. I only remember my paternal grandmother having them on the side of her house when I was a child. No one else, only her. I wonder if they are not more popular because they have to be staked as they can flop over very easily if not supported. Or, maybe people just aren’t doing the mixed borders anymore. Anyway, it seems a shame they are not seen more often.
I started putting in gladiolus bulbs several years ago when I wanted more yellow flowers in the circle garden. I bought what was supposed to be yellow gladiolus, but it turned out to be a light orange with a big yellow center. Through the years, these bulbs have grown bigger and bigger, and the color has changed. The yellow centers are not as predominate, and the orange color has become much darker. At first I was very disappointed in these flowers, but now, I really do like them. They certainly do stand out with such a vibrant color.
I still didn’t give up hope for yellow gladiolus flowers. The next year I tried again, and this time, the packages were labled correctly. Soft, pretty yellow flowers appeared. These bulbs were not as vigorous as the orange ones, but they have become sturdier as the years have gone by.
Since I had such good luck with these two colors, I tried some pale lavender ones in the “pink” garden. I felt that some height was needed there as well as a complementary color for the pink, and these gladiolus bulbs turned out to be perfect.
This year, I purchased some pink gladiolus bulbs (Friendship) from Brent and Becky’s bulbs. They came a little later than I like to plant them, so while the foliage is up, they have not started blooming yet. If these do well, and I am sure they will, I will be buying more colors from Brent and Becky’s for early summer color.
I am able to leave the gladiolus corms in the ground during the winter here. Because of this, all of one color blooms together. If I would plant them in stages two weeks apart, as is often recommended, I would have a longer bloom period for these flowers, but that seems too much trouble when there is so much to do in spring time already.
While most often used as cut flowers in arrangements, I am happy that I decided to add these wonderful flowers to my garden beds. I wish more people would realize how easy these are to grow and what a wonderful spike of color they can add.