I Heart Glads

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!

pink wedding bouquet gladiolus gladiolas glads diy bride flowers

This is more than a little dreamy…From a magazine tabletop for California Wedding Wave, by florist Olive Rose Designs:

astilbe pink green white wedding birdcage centerpiece bouquet gladiolus

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.

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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:

pink fuchsia wedding bouquet bride diy orchids peonies gladiolas gladiolus

How delightful is this? From Europes master florist Flowers By Bornay, something as simple as a cluster of pastel purple gladiolas just looks surreal:

purple gladiolas bouquet gladiolus flowers by bornay

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:

green peach martha stewart gladiolus wedding bouquet bridal bride diy

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!!!

wood birch slice roses gladiolas north carolina pink rustic vintage diy centerpiece

April 19, 2011 - 12:40 am

dayanra - these are gorgeous! i would have never thought they looked so amazing off the stalk.

April 19, 2011 - 7:40 am

Paula Rae - Hi Kate! I’m a huge fan of gladioli, too! They come in a huge range of shades and similar to other flowers which are well cultivated, they are always coming out with new color variations. I was going to mention that 1) the big pink peony and glad bqt above is by Martha Stewart’s design team.. possibly Matthew Robbins.. & 2) the really pretty green cymbidium orchid and pink bouquet actually features amaryllis- not glads 🙂 and 3) this last photos is lisianthus! They’re all so pretty and have similar looks and shapes.. but oh so slightly different. In the effort of educational purposes, I thought you would appreciate the details!

April 20, 2011 - 9:17 am

Shannon/Flourish - Great post! I love the look of gladiola blooms in bouquets. Just a tip- I actually do not wire them I just cold glue them right into place just before the bouquet goes out the door. So easy!

Thanks for including me in the line up. 🙂

April 20, 2011 - 10:11 am

Kate - Thank you, that’s a great tip! I was wondering how they’d be wired since there’s not much of a base once you remove the blooms- appreciate the tip!

April 20, 2011 - 10:13 am

Kate - Thank you so much! I will update the post, don’t want to have any mis information – still love the pics and think either of those arrangements could have been done w glads to a similar effect, so i’ll probably leave the pics and just say it also would have looked very similar and nice with glads! I love lisianthus, think it got smooshed a bit and turned a tiny bit triangular in that arrangement and that’s how it tricked me! ; )

April 20, 2011 - 7:25 pm

Kate - Thanks! (not that i made the bouquets, but thanks for your compliments about the post ; )

April 25, 2011 - 7:51 am

jane from faux floral arrangements - Stunning bouquets, and I was about to ask how they were done. I, of course would chicken out and use silk flowers, but even so I think I would be using glue to keep the flowers in place. The colors of gladioli and one of the things that make them really special, and you’re right, they are under appreciated at the moment, wheres calla lilies, which I confess I hate, are in. Does anyone know what started the big fashion for callas?

September 12, 2011 - 9:14 am

Koko - Dear Kate,

We absolutely agree and glads are really fantastic and come in so many varieties. I’ve check my sources and it’s claimed to be over 8,000 varieties (http://www.backyardgardener.com/plants/gladiolus.html). Much much more that you might see in a local florist shop.

We’ve started working with Glad only bouquets – so have a look (http://www.kokofloraldesign.com/#!vstc0=wedding-flowers) at our CT floral designs – you might be glad. 😉 We are.


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