Gladiola - Flower of the Month for August

The Birthday Flower for August is Gladiola.   It’s a member of the Iris family that’s also known as Sword Lily.  The pointed leaves and tall stalks of flowers with pointed tips and the Latin name “Gladius” give reference to the Gladiators of ancient Rome.
 I love all the colors that are available.  There are over 250 species to choose from including some with ruffled petals.  

The flowers bloom from the bottom of the stem toward the top.  As cut flowers in a vase you can just pinch off the spent flowers and enjoy each new bloom above.

The meaning of the August Birth Flower, the Gladiolus, is sincerity and symbolizes strength of character.  In Victorian times there was a hidden meaning, "Love at first site".  I know that the pink ruffled variety pictured above was love at first site for me!  

I don't have enough sunny garden space to grow them in my own garden but look forward to the Farmer's Market each summer where they sell armloads of these gorgeous blooms for $5.00 a bunch. Lovely!  

What's your favorite color?

"Flowers are the sweetest thing God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into."   Henry Ward Beecher
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