73 and still gardening

Gladiolus flowers to remember Dads

Gladiolus is the perfect flower to celebrate Father’s Day because it symbolizes strength of character. These flowers look like a sword with their tall stalks. Hence, they’re named after the gladiators.

Here in my hometown, we called this flower by its genus name, Gladiolus. Though I know in some countries, they call this plant with names such as Sword Lily or Corn Lily.

Whatever they’re called, gardeners like me have room for these plants because they produce one of the most attractive garden flowers. Also, floral arrangers like Gladioli for their beautiful cut flowers last well.

On cue, my golden-yellow Gladiolus flowers started to bloom last Thursday, June 16, 2011. They’re just in time for Father’s Day. In the photos above, the petals reflected the early morning sunlight. It may be scentless but its attractive petals with orange blotches around the edges compensate for its lack of smell.

Gladiolus are perennial plants. They are members of the iris family. The flowers bloom throughout most of July and August. The yellow, orange and red-orange Gladioli in my garden are yet to bloom hopefully in the coming weeks.

I planted them near the fence because strong winds may damage the plants and knock them over. Despite my good intention to keep it safe, the plant poked its flower stalk out of the safe zone. They must’ve been in pursuit of the sun.

They are easy to grow. After the flowering period, I usually uproot the plant then remove the roots and the stalk, leaving the corm. Then,I would air dry the corm for 15 days.

When a 1 inch soot develops on top of the corm, I put it 2 inches beneath the sandy loam soil I’ve prepared. I don’t forget to water it frequently.

After 45 days from planting, it would bloom again.

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