It’s a family joke that the OH likes gladioli and I don’t. On (rare) occasion he will buy me gladioli as cut flowers just to see my reaction, which I’m afraid is never positive.
However, my view towards ‘gladdies’ has softened somewhat since coming to the island, as we have inherited the species gladioli, Gladioli byzantinus, (shown here with my Melianthus Major in May last year). These flowers are rather more dainty and airy and also fill a slightly difficult gap after the tulips have finished flowering, and as a result I’m seriously thinking of planting some in the Swing Beds for next year.
Clearly, the top photo does not show Gladioli byzantinus, but instead Gladiolus Black Star, bought as corms by me this year, for the new Mid Century Bed. To be honest they were a bit of a joke – I stumbled across them in the garden centre and bought them to charm the husband (whilst also thinking they’d suit the ‘bruised’ colour palette I had in mind for that bed).
They were duly planted in early March, and before too long the strap like leaves were showing as healthy clumps at the back of the border, but whilst the Ranunculus planted at the same time came and went, still there were no flower spikes. I thought perhaps they’d take a year to settle in, and was quietly a little relieved. Phew.
And then there they were, multiple flower spikes all along the bed, there was no escape, they were coming. And here they are:
I have to admire their sheer scale and majesty, and the colour is fabulous. But do I actually like them? Hmmm. What do you think?
And to finish, a correction. Blogging has got a little more complicated since I’ve been back at work and I’m quite often blogging when I’m not even at home, accessing photos taken a day or so earlier. But to confuse this, in last week’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day,
really was inexcusable.
The first photo actually shows my Centaurea cyanus Black Boy, not a Dianthus at all, whilst the second is Dianthus barbatus Sooty, also grown from seed, but not exactly flowering yet. Sorry!
I think I’d better go and edit it out…