Long before I owned the flower shop Gladiolus was the first flower I actually grew on my own in my yard. My father always had and still has lots of “Glads” in his garden. Each year he would dig up the bulbs in the fall and then replant them in the spring. I never did that though. I just planted the bulbs once and each year they would come up and often times multiply. They make such a pretty large display of flowers and come in all kinds of colors. The florets start to blossom at the bottom of the flower stalk and then slowly the florets will blossom all the way to the top of the stalk. Usually in order to keep the bouquet pretty it is necessary during the life of the arrangement to peal off the dead florets at the base as the top ones open. If you retrim the the stems as you peel back florets the arrangement will continue to look brand new! The Gladiolus is a bulb flower and is a member of the Iris family. It is sometimes called a sword flower because it is long like a sword. Lots of people think of funerals when they think of Glads because they are often used by florists to create large floral displays, but I think they are good for all occasions. Give them a try in your home. You can be creative and put them in large jars, tins or unique containers to be enjoyed by all.
Wildflower Bouquets…what does that mean exactly. We often times receive calls from customers and they are requesting a wildflower bouquet. They do not really expect us to go out into the wild and pick flowers form the fields and make a bouquet. Although we could do this, if we did, these bouquets made up of flowers from the fields may not last as long as the ones grown for florists and most likely will contain other critters which may not be welcome to come along. So instead when we receive a call like this we take some creative interpretation to come up with a bouquet that has the effect of a bouquet handpicked from a field, but with florist grade flowers. Depending on the season we select flowers like solidago, larkspur, delphinium, sunflowers, daisys, viking poms, dahlias, queen anne’s lace, wheat, poppies and others similar to those found in fields. Arranged loosely and loaded with lots of vibrant color this type of design will mimic those found in wildflower fields. These bouquets are perfect for any sort of celebration or pick me up. They can conj or up feelings of the great outdoors and happy times! Designed in baskets are nice for show, but informal designs in vases or canning jars are more popular.