Wednesday’s Flowers – Gladiolus Flowers

August 31, 2011

I good reminder for me that the end of summer is nearing is seeing Gladiolus flowers, aka Glads, for sale everywhere.  Seeing them is an indication to get out and enjoy the last couple of weeks of all that this season has to offer; Barbecue with friends, a wander through lush and over grown gardens, the small of roses in the yard, warm bright sunshine, green grass, the beach…

So, when I stopped at the local grocery store to pick up food for a Barbecue with friends tonight I knew I had to take home some Glads.  One great thing about Glads in season is there are always locally grown and they are very inexpensive.  I picked up two bunches, one lime green and one dark purple, for $3.99 per bunch.

Glads are a very tall and linear flower it is best to mix them with other blooms, they are perfect for getting height and adding shape to an arrangement.  I however did not have a bunch of other flowers to work with, remember this series is all about keeping flower arranging for the home under $10, I took up the challenge to work with the Glads all on their own.  A few pointers if you want to try this type of arrangement:

  1. Don’t be afraid to cut the stems.  You will need to shorten the stems and you may need to cut a bloom or two into two sections.
  2. Use the foliage separate from the flower stocks.  I remove long shards of foliage and insert it separately into the arrangement.
  3. For vase arrangements it is best to create a taped grid at the mouth of the vase, this will give the stems support to stand in the position.
  4. Have fun with the foliage, I created loops by inserting the tip of the foliage back into the arrangement.  I used a bit of tape here and there as well.
  5. Pick a solid colour container, it will allow the emphasis to be on the pretty flowers instead of the vessel holding them.
  6. Floating the odd bloom that is removed or that falls off the stems in a container of water, they are too pretty to discard.

What are your plans for the last hurrah of summer??  I do hope you will take the time to enjoy it before it is gone and the snow is flying.  I know I’m going to do all I can to indulge.