I came across a happy sight at the entry to the Madoc Foodland grocery store this afternoon: a display of bulbs to plant. What especially caught my attention was the colourful boxes of gladioli bulbs. And I thought: glads – why not?
When I was young I wasn’t crazy about glads, and I think I know why: it was because they tended to be one of the flowers used in floral displays at funerals, and our Manse was the final resting place for many a funeral display. I guess if there were flowers nobody wanted once the funeral was over, the thinking was to give them to the minister’s family – which would have been mine. I imagine the really nice displays were the ones already spoken for, so the ones we got were, to be honest, generally not all that wonderful. And I believe glads were in the mix.
But as an adult, far removed from those low-end funereal displays, I came to appreciate how much a bunch of glads could brighten up a room, especially if displayed in a simple and elegant clear glass vase. And they come in such beautiful colours!
But it had never in my life, until today, crossed my mind that I might be able to grow glads. But why not? They would look great somewhere on the Manse grounds – perhaps against the white wooden wall of the summer kitchen/back porch (our future conservatory). And bunches of cut glads (in simple clear glass vases, of course) would look lovely inside the Manse.
Okay, next question, from the woman who has close to zero gardening skills: are glads hard to grow?