|Around mid-May, I tucked Gladiolus corms into my VegTrug along with|
with poppies, nasturtium, dill, and others.
|Gladiolus 'Atom' is my favorite.|
I've shied away from glads because of their rigid, no-nonsense demeanor. But then I learned about Old House Gardens, a company that specializes in heirloom bulbs. Yes, I know. In a world where we all seem to be looking for the latest thing--whether it's tech gadgets or better-tasting fake sweeteners--sometimes it's good to put on the brakes and look back a few years.
I planted just a few corms this season. I'd recommend two varieties no matter what you think about glads.
|Gladiolus 'Atom' cavorts gracefully with poppies.|
The adorable 'Atom', which made its debut in 1946, is my favorite. I love that it tops out at just under three feet tall, and I'm charmed by its bright cherry-red petals edged in white. And compared to the rigidity of a typical Gladiolus, 'Atom' has a graceful spacing along the stems that makes it look less formal and more like it belongs in a garden.
I also order three corms of a variety called 'Lucky Star', a purportedly fragrant type that is a keeper even if I can't detect a scent. 'Lucky Star' was introduced in 1966, and is one of the few fragrant Glads on the market.
As a cut flower, 'Lucky Star' is more delicate than a lily, lasts just as long in a vase, and doesn't have the mess-making pollen that has to be dealt with. The blossoms' color goes with anything, and its vertical lines adds a little bit of "ups" to an arrangement.
|Gladiolus 'Lucky Star' adds vertical beauty to an arrangement.|
I will be marking 'Lucky Star' to remind me which corms to dig this fall, or as soon as the foliage turns brown. According to Old House Gardens, this variety is rare. They're crossing their fingers that the harvest numbers from the growers will be large enough to offer them for sale next spring.