Gorgeous Glads

“Gorgeous Glads”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

The gladiolus that I have had in the garden for a few years are all doing well this year. One of the first gladiolus that I planted was supposed to be Harmony, a pink variety, but they turned out to be a light lavender. I was still happy with the color, but the flowers didn’t bloom right. After a little investigation, I figured out the flowers were probably damaged by thrips. The next year, I planted Friendship gladiolus and they were fine, but last year these flowers too were damaged just like the lavender. This year, I sprayed the plants with sevin and that certainly solved the problem. I really do not like to use any kind of poison in my garden, but only one light spray when the flower buds first appeared was all that was needed to get rid of the problem. Finally, there were beautiful blooms.





Now both of these lovely gladiolus are looking their best.

Another glad that has never had any problems with thrips is a yellow one that is in another area of the garden. This is a smaller flowered one that blooms after the pink and lavender ones.



Even with the high heat we have been having around here, all the gladiolus are finally gorgeous.

Flowers Changing Color 2

“Flowers Changing Color 2”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

More changing flower color. As I mentioned in my last posting, gladiolus that I planted about five years ago have gradually changed color. The first year they bloomed, the flowers were yellow with just a hint of a peach color. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of those flowers on my computer, so you will just have to take my word for this. Year by year, the yellow shrank, and the peach took over. As more of the peach showed, it seemed to get darker until now when the flower is now a deep orange with just a little bit of yellow in the throat.



When I bought these the package showed these corms to be yellow, and the first year, I was very disappointed that they were not all yellow, but I could live with the small amount of peach. Later on, I planted, in the same area, all yellow gladiolus which do bloom just before these. So I do have my yellow glads.

I really did not like these orange gladiolus at first, but they have grown on me. Of course, that may have something to do with several neighbors telling me how beautiful they are. (There is nothing like seeing something through another’s eyes to make us appreciate what we have.) Still, I am puzzled as to why these gladiolus flowers gradually changed from yellow to orange.

First Glads

“First Glads”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Time marches on. The gladiolus have started blooming; one more sign that spring has left and summer has moved in.



These are the first to start blooming. I do not lift my gladiolus bulbs in the fall; they can survive our winters with no problem.

The problem this year with the glads seems to be thrips. I have already had to cut down a few bloom stalks because they were damaged. With everything that was going on at work in late April and May, I didn’t get out in the garden like I usually do, so I didn’t see the early signs that thrips might be at work. The problem seems to be confined to just one area and one variety of glads, at least I am hoping that is the case. Another bed with gladiolus which is all the way on the other side of our property seems to be okay.

While I am enjoying these pretty, frilly flowers right now, it looks like I am going to have to put “thrip control” on my list of things to do next spring.

Gladiolus Bulbs

This post, “Gladiolus Bulbs” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

I am always surprised at the timing of gladiolus bulb planting.  When I see the reminder to plant, I am taken aback.  Here, we are supposed to start planting them now.  It is recommended that they be planted at two week intervals.

I never remember to plant this early, and the first time I planted glads, they were planted at least a month or more after they were supposed to be in the ground.  However, they did perform well that year.  Down here, we are able to leave them in the ground to overwinter.  They are in raised beds because of the high rainfall in south Louisiana.  However, this past fall I noticed that some bulbs I had planted about three years ago were now at the top of the soil.  I decided to dig them up and replant in the spring.

Boy!  Was I surprised at what I dug up!  I had planted corms that were about 1.5 inches across and dug up corms about 4 to 4.5 inches across.  They looked about the size of the hamburgers that are in a MacDonald’s kids meal.  These were the first glads I had planted, so I had no idea they could get so big.  No wonder I had one glad that overwintered last year.

                                      gladiolus-bulbs-p01-edited-resized-21608.jpg  Corm on the right is the original size I started with, one on the left is what I ended up with.

The next surprising thing was all the little corms around these enormous things.  There were dozens.  I had done just a basic reading in my garden books about glads, but I never expected this.  I knew they developed new corms on top of the old ones and knew this is why they needed to be dug up and replanted.  I also expected baby ones to develop but didn’t realize exactly that I could get dozens of them.

These gladiolus bulbs were supposed to be Goldfield, but they weren’t.  I planted them in a circular bed that I wanted to be mostly yellow flowering plants.  These glads turned out to be peach-colored with a yellow throat.  As the years have gone by, they are getting more and more peach-colored and have less yellow.  I am not that wild about them, but the hubby loves them. The next year, I planted some more Goldfield, and they turned out to be the right color.

The peach ones would more likely appeal to me if they are moved away from the yellow flowers and are on their own.  I probably will not replant them in the “yellow garden”, but will put them elsewhere – maybe where they can be next the peach hibiscus.  I plan on placing the babies in an area that is kind of out of the way, but still gets a lot of sunshine and has amended soil. 

I planted what was supposed to be light violet glads last year, but they, too, came out a different color – darker purple.  (I don’t know if the growers are not careful with what they put in their packaging, or if the picture they show is just not accurate.)  These did not do as well as the above ones did, and in digging around where they were planted, I did not find many.  This, however, is not going to deter me from trying these bulbs again. 

Gladiolus bulbs are very nice in the garden because of their colors, long-lasting blooms, and spiky shapes offer a nice contrast to other plants.