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June 2, 2011

Gladiolus are easy to grow and beautiful

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Gladiolus is a perennial flowering plants grown from bulbs and is in the iris family. It is sometimes called the sword lily because gladius means sword in Latin. There are about 250 species of this plant, discovered in South Africa. In my childhood, for some reason they were unfortunately associated with funerals and so I never appreciated how beautiful and what varieties are available.

Gladioli have been extensively hybridized and a wide range of ornamental flower colours are available from the many varieties. They make very good cut flowers. They are tall flowers and the cultivated forms frequently tend to fall over in the wind if left on the plant. So this variety from Hirt's is shorter and more study.

Hirt's is proud to introduce a new type of glad that blooms earlier, more profusely, and over a longer period than ordinary glads...yet needs no staking! Discovered and developed very recently in Holland, Glaminis are a new form of gladiolus that grows just 20" tall. Each top quality bulb will produce up to 20 richly coloured, full-size blooms, with flowering lasting up to 19 days! Plant them in borders, pots and even window boxes. Glaminis are also fabulous in a vase!

These gladioli offer an enormous color range, including the most delicate pastels, bold hues and almost unimaginable bi-colors. Their sword-like foliage and tall impressive flower spikes, make striking accents in the mixed flower border. For best garden effect, plant in groups of six or more of a single color. Or grow dozens of them in a bed reserved for cutting.

To enjoy blooms for many weeks through July and August, plant corms at two week intervals from early spring until the end of June. Glads are easy to grow, requiring only full sun and good drainage. Hardy in zones 8-10; elsewhere treat as an annual, or dig them in the fall and store over winter.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at June 2, 2011 5:26 AM
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