‘Gladdies’, as she calls them, are Dame Edna’s signature flower.
And I used to remember watching Morrissey on Top of the Pops (ahem…showing my age!) as he danced around the stage with some stems lodged in his trouser back pocket.
Unfortunately, as a cut flower, they haven’t been everyone’s cup of tea over the past few years.
But as all things ‘vintage’ are so popular at the moment, perhaps with its old-fashioned image, it’s time that gladioli came back into fashion?
As for a few facts about the flower…
Gladioli is the plural form of Gladiolus. And its name is derived from the Latin word ‘gladius’, meaning ‘sword’. Hence why it’s also sometimes referred to as the sword lily.
On its long stems, it bears large funnel-shaped flowers which have petals with ruffled edges.
It’s available in a wide range of colours including white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green and purple.
To encourage the lower buds to open, simply remove the top bud, either by cutting it off or simply pulling it out.
Gladioli are very budget friendly blooms and their peak season is generally June through to October.
A member of the iris family, they look stunning arranged on their own in a tall cylinder vase.
And they’re useful too for pedestal arrangements, when you need height.
Did you know that gladioli are geotropic? The tips of their stems curve upwards in response to gravity.
I bought the white gladioli featured in today’s blog post on Saturday, as I planned to write about them this week.
And I’m so pleased that I did, as they’ve really grown on me…brightening up our kitchen.
How do you feel about gladioli? I’d love to know…simply leave a comment below.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)