Flower of the Week! I’m Glad.

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!


Gladiola? Gladiolus? Gladioli? Gladioluses?


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.



  1. Shannon@bakeandbloom says:

    wow they’re cheap over there. It costs me $25 retail for gladioli.

  2. Laura says:

    makes me glad!

  3. Teri says:

    A 1000 racoons, huh? I can assure you I will now NEVER forget to change the water on my glads!!

  4. They look glorious.

    Personally, I have always thought of them as the Liberace of the flower world but I’ll go along with the P Diddy nametag (if only to make me look a couple of decades more current).

    I grow them in my garden so I guess that at £10 for a 100 bulbs these ones almost look pricey. I’m guessing the UK might have a more gladioli-friendly climate though.

  5. mbb. says:

    at the moment these are two for £3 in the UK – really very unpopular here also. which is to say – very popular in my house! and you’re right about the stench – it was very overpowering…

  6. marilyn says:

    hey karen, i love glads! how can a flower with the word glad in it be anything but beautiful.and that limey greeny color that you bought is my fave, next to pink or white of course..

  7. Tomorrows article:

    How to attract roma tomatoes to your kitchen using only Gladioli.

    Very pretty!

    • Karen says:

      I know! They’re like a tomato magnets those glads. Have you ever seen a gladioli farm? Sheesh. Watch where you step that’s for sure. Tomatoes hanging around as far as the eye can see. It’s pathetic.

  8. Vila says:

    I’m so gladIOLI :)))) but what tippity top do you sever from them? top from the bottom or top from the top and is it a bud or a leaf or what? Yes…I cannot be trusted with an elastic band, it would end in a disaster 🙂

    • I, like you, cannot be trusted with the elastic band. I, like yo, have no idea what she’s talking about “pinching off.” It sounds terribly uncomfortable to the poor flower!

      • Karen says:

        O.K. In order to pinch off the top flower, the first thing I’ll need you both to do is take off your mittens and helmet and put them aside. LOL. Just using your fingertips or a pair of scissors cut the very top bud off of the gladiola. It’s the one at the very, very tip of the stalk. It’s the very top unopened bud. (there will be a row of several unopened buds at the top of the glad. Just cut it off heartlessly. That’s it! More pics, next time. 🙂 – karen

  9. Langela says:

    I love glads! They come in the most beautiful colors. I grow them here and get excited about every one of them that opens.

  10. sera says:

    Gladioli were my grandma’s favorite flower. She loved them because they’d last two weeks with all those extra buds just waiting to open. I admit, that’s the same reason I adore lisianthus. anyway, thanks for the grandma reminder!

  11. I am constantly in Costco and I never noticed that they had these flowers! I am sure I have walked by them a million times and just didn’t see them as I was probably looking at the magazines on the other side of the aisle. Very dramatic and beautiful effect for only 9.99. Impressive. Love it.

  12. Amie says:

    With the money you saved, maybe you can buy a bowl to put your tomatoes in! 🙂

  13. alison says:

    Hi, I am a florist, Theese gladies are making a real come back. I think they are fast becoming the new trendy flower. they look impresive when wraped for a gift and are stunning by them self in a vase.

  14. Theresa says:

    like the pale green color – a more sophisicated gladdi
    got me thinking of pale glowing colors- going to snoop around the green grocers – see what they have

  15. Zina says:

    There used to be a local trendy restaurant that only did glad arrangements much like yours, lined up down a long table with a spotlight on each one. I’ve liked them ever since.

    Not sure I’ve ever seen them at our market, which is where I buy flowers. Will have to keep an eye out for both glads and another vase. (I just bought THREE today at the charity shops, but they’re all the fat-with-small-neck variety.)

  16. Laura Bee says:

    Gorgeous! My aunt always grew these in her garden.

  17. Susan Dulley says:

    Now there is a memory! Could not decide on my Wedding Bouquet, so…The florist designed a bouquet, using ivy and Glad Flowers, creating a single large group of flowers. The Ivy trailed down and was placed throughout the arrangement. It looked like one large heart shaped Glad Flower, with Ivy. Soooo pretty and perfect, since I was married in The Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a very large Greenhouse and is very beautiful. Thanks for the Memory. Now where are those pictures???

  18. Tracey says:

    Hi Karen,
    I LOVE Glads ( and Peonies). I did not know to pinch the end off. Maybe that’s why the top buds never opened for me?
    I was never sure either about changing the water after a week and recutting the stems. I wonder if recutting them actually lets more air back up the stem and causes them to wilt faster.
    I’m looking at my 2 week old vase of glads that are pretty sad looking now…..but there are just a few flowers left

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tracey – Pinching and cutting are key. And if your water for the glads is also 2 weeks old you’d better get a gas mask before you attempt to pour it down the drain, lol. ~ karen!

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