I’m glad I only had $9.99 to spend on flowers.
I’m glad these were in season.
I’m glad these guys remind a lot of people of funerals. Then they don’t buy them. That leaves more for me.
I’m glad I no one really knows what their actual name is … it makes them more fun. And mysterious!
Go ahead, look it up. There’s no actual consensus on what these things are called. They’re the P Diddy, Sean Puff Fluffy of the flower world.
When I first plunked this arrangement down on the kitchen counter the first thing my boyfriend said was “How much did those cost”. He wasn’t concerned about money (I’m the one who takes care of that in this household), he was curious about how much they were in relation to a few dozen roses.
Even a mere boy who has proudly worn his favourite tee shirt every day for the past 3 months could see these things had more impact than $50 worth of roses. (It is a green teeshirt with the word Co-op on it and he grins every time he puts it on like it’s the first time he’s ever worn it or anyone’s ever see it)
The message I want to get across with this Flower Arrangement of the week is the fact that you don’t need to spend a ton of money to have huge impact. You don’t need to be an expert floral designer to make something that looks dramatic. And you don’t need a ton of different flowers to make something that looks good.
In fact, if you peruse my This Week’s Flowers section you’ll see I actually prefer single flower arrangements. They’re less distracting and less “look at me, look at me … I’m a flower arrangement!”.
I was going to do a step by step, photo tutorial on how to do this “arrangement” but all you have to do is take the elastic band off your gladioli and stick them in a tall vase. If you need pictures for that you probably can’t be trusted with something as dangerous as an elastic band, so I think I’m good.
To make your gladiolas last longer you’re supposed to pinch the very tip of the flower off. That tippy top point. This helps to keep them from drooping over later on plus encourages the top buds to open.
I used a plain clear cylindrical vase and stuck my gladioli in so they were straight up and down. I didn’t fan them out at all. I wanted perfect little gladioli soldiers.
Just for a little bit of interest I stuck a few white stones on the bottom of the vase for the stems to rest on. They’re just a few I had leftover from another project. If I’d had more, I would have added them, but I didn’t. Deal with it.
As a final note I would like to inform you that the water from a 5 day old gladiola, gladiolus, gladioli arrangement carries the stink of a thousand raccoon carcasses. So change the water after day 2 and continue to do so until the flowers are carcasses themselves. Stink, stank, stunk. Blech.