Gladiolus are next on my list (behind peruvian lillies) of flowers that are undervalued right now. If glads were a stock, I’d be buying up like crazy, because I think they’ll be selling higher soon, after people get a load of bouquets like these!
(If you are a flower neophyte and don’t quite recognize these guys, it’s because you’re used to seeing them arranged like this – not that there’s anything wrong with it, I love them like this too!)
But they look quite different when taken off their stalks and wired into bouquets- almost a ruffly orchid alternative and really quite regal!
This one reminds me of cotton candy. It’s from Sacramento’s Flourish Designs. Those petals almost look velvety!
This is more than a little dreamy…From a magazine tabletop for California Wedding Wave, by florist Olive Rose Designs:
This is just lovely – pure white gladiolus either solo or with other delicate white flowers like sweet peas. The bouquet on the left is by San Diego’s Aileen Tran, and I don’t have a credit for the bouquet on the right.
These are just beautiful – love the hot pink goodness! Martha Stewart’s designers created the bouquet on the left, on the right we have a pretty tropical bouquet from Kelly’s Wedding Flowers:
How delightful is this? From Europes master florist Flowers By Bornay, something as simple as a cluster of pastel purple gladiolas just looks surreal:
And I love the fresh greens! The photo on the right is a tiny cheat as my pro florist Paula Rae helpfully pointed out, because those flowers are actually amaryllis, but they look very similar to glads, which could easily be subbed into the design. I also don’t have the source for that beauty: ( And on the right, another masterpiece from Martha:
And here’s another example of another type of flower that is similar in appearance to a glad, and a design in which glads could have been beautifully substituted – this one is from North Carolina based Blossoms At Biltmore Park and the pink flowers are lisianthus, but I think that because of the way they’re inserted and the shape they take on when horizontal, they look like….GLADS!!!