I only have Gladiolus communis ssp. byzantinus and Gladiolus callianthus and Gladiolus x colvillei but I won't see any blooms from these until summer (hopefully). I have a lot of
hybrids and butterfly ones too to plant when we get some warmer weather. Patti
Wallaby1, I will get out my trusty electric drill with the bulb auger attachment and (most importantly) my DH to run it while I do the planting . I think I over did the gladiolus bulb orders, as I have no less than several hundred. I am afraid to count. But I will plant them at two week intervals from mid May until late June, so I get extended bloom time from July into late Sept. To think I use to hate them, but I planted some last year and totally became a fan.
I ordered a bunch of luscious brown toned ones for my chocolate garden. I am most excited to see those bloom with the brown iris. Patti
Bring on the brown lovers! If I could grow orchids (rather than just buying them in bloom) I would have lots of brown spidery ones. I lurk on the orchid forum daily for my fix. Far cheaper than playing the orchid game ! Here are some of the brown glads I have ordered. Patti
AFRICAN BEAUTY Uniquely colored bronzy brown blending a bit lighter towards the center with a light yellow pencil stripe on lip and lower petals.
GINGER SNAP Uniquely colored medium tan with an eye-catching white petal edging
OLIVIA A rich deep black brown with a little deeper throat and a silver white picotee around the petal edges.
SCRIMSHAW An unusual color, the outer edges are brown blending to a cream throat overlain with rusty red lip petals.
FUDGE Rich, deep smoky brown
BROWN BEAUTY . Brown Beauty is a ruffled, rich deep brown with a contrasting orange-red throat.
CHOCOLATE lightly ruffled, rich chocolate brown
CHOCOLATE RIPPLES A reddish chocolate with cream veining throughout.
I bought one on line on sale last fall. We planted 2500 bulbs before hitting a rock and having it break. It was a cheap one, about 15.00. It came in two pieces, which I would avoid. But it did the job. I then saw many choices in garden stores. We picked up a beefy one for around 20 dollars at an Agway farm store. I would make sure it has a min of 2 1/2 in diameter if you plant big bulbs and with a min or 18" length. Here is one I saw on line that looks good. I would try and find one to see it in person to see if it is hefty. But lots listed on line. Patti