In a Vase: Gladiolus, Lisianthus, and Lilies

There's definitely a time in mid-summer when I feel as if all of the "fancy" flowers start blooming in the garden. Most of the summer flowering bulbs like gladiolus and lilies have a certain elegance about them that makes it a little bit difficult for me to use them in cut flower arrangements. I'm very…

‘Mystic Eyes’ Gladiolus: A Complete Surprise in the Garden

Imagine my confusion in the garden the 'Mystic Eyes' gladiolus first started blooming, lol. This is yet another variety that I didn't order, yet showed up as a surprise in place of something else. After several years of gardening, I've come to expect these mix-ups. In fact, I rather glad it happened this time around,…

In Bloom: ‘Amsterdam’ Gladiolus

So often, the white flowers in my garden go completely overlooked. It's not that I don't appreciate their usefulness, but it's always as if I'm more distracted by something brighter and more showy. Still, these 'Amsterdam' gladiolus managed to keep my attention this year while in bloom in the garden. 'Amsterdam' gladiolus are a lovely…

In Bloom: ‘Vedetta’ Gladiolus

'Vedetta' gladiolus were yet another of the "fancier" varieties that I selected to grow this season. According to the online listings that I found, the blooms were supposed to be a beautiful shade of peach yellow. Though the color wasn't exactly what I had expected, it was still quite lovely. The 'Vedetta' gladiolus were especially…

Dreamy, Peachy ‘Forte Rosa’ Gladiolus

Even though much of my focus this year had been about expanding the color palette in the yard, I still picked up quite a few of my favorite pastel peachy-pink varieties. One variety, called the 'Forte Rosa' gladiolus, has easily turned out to be one of my absolute favorites in bloom! Most photos of 'Forte…

Deep and Mysterious ‘Purple Flora’ Gladiolus

When it comes to garden planning, it's not uncommon to find myself with an entire backyard filled with pastel colored blooms. In an effort to change that this year, I ordered quite a few varieties of darker flowers. Among these was the 'Purple Flora' gladiolus! Having only purchased a small 10 count package of corms,…

In Bloom: ‘Guinea’ Gladiolus – A Lovely Blend of Salmon and Purple

Whenever I'm planning the cut flower garden, I'm always on the hunt for bargain bulbs. However, every once and awhile I'll allow myself to buy a variety that I really want. 'Guinea' gladiolus bulbs were a little more expensive than what I'd normally buy, but I was very eager to see the beautiful blend of…

In Bloom: ‘Natan’ Gladiolus

After last season's terrible failure growing gladiolus, I'll admit that I was a little hesitant to try again. Still, I grabbed some bulbs and planted as soon as the soil was warm enough. For weeks, I waited without growth. Just as I had started to lose hope, the plants finally started to poke up from…

Origin Stories

Hi Lovelies, Origins - I've always been interested in them. Being from what most would consider the south, I'm quite accustomed to hearing phrases that you wouldn't run into elsewhere. On occasion, I hit the ole' Google machine and do a little searching for the things I hear. I realize this doesn't sound like the…