Types of Gladioli for Decoration
are ideal for indoor decoration either by themselves or with other autumn flowers. The different types of gladiolus lend themselves to quite different arrangements. Large-flowered varieties are seen at their best in massive and imposing arrangements, while the primulinus hybrids make a smaller, lighter decoration. Many kinds of foliage, berries, fruits, and seed-heads are plentiful when are in flower and blend delightfully with their bright and rich colours. Gladioli are not easy to arrange, for the spikes are a little top-heavy and containers must be sufficiently substantial to hold them upright against draughts. Wire-netting of small mesh, folded or crumpled into the container, makes arrangement easier, while the most useful metal ‘pin-holders’ enable the spikes to be held firmly, and even almost horizontally if necessary.
An indoor gladioli decoration will remain fresh for nearly a fortnight if the faded flowers are removed every 2 or 3 days and 1 or 2 in. cut from the base of the stem. The trouble entailed in dismantling the arrangement is worth-while because fresh flowers are constantly opening along the spikes and replacing those which have faded.
CHOICE OF VARIETIES
There are many hundreds of varieties of gladiolus available, and each year a number of the older varieties are discarded and newer ones are introduced. Improvement is gradual but constant, and consequently the following list of first-class varieties may quickly become out of date. Keep up to date by visiting leading flower shows and by studying catalogues of firms specializing in gladioli.
LARGE-FLOWERED VARIETIES FOR EXHIBITION
Albert Schweitzer, salmony-orange.
Broadway Melody, apricot-salmon.
Flying Dutchman, violet-blue.
Greenland, cream with a greenish sheen.
Kosmos, glowing salmon.
Up to Date, orange-scarlet.
Wembley, pure white.
LARGE-FLOWERED VARIETIES FOR CUTTING AND GARDEN DECORATION
Benjamin Britten, rosy-mauve.
Dr. Fleming, salmon-pink.
Johan van Konynenburg, salmon-orange.
Jo Wagenaar, blood-scarlet.
Salman’s Sensation, violet-blue.
Sans Souci, orange-scarlet.
Attractive, soft coral-pink.
Fiery Knight, reddish-orange.
Janet, cream, flushed apricot.
Pamela Mummery, biscuit-salmon.
Richard Unwin, chestnut-crimson.
Rosy Maid, apricot-salmon.
Violet Maid, reddish-violet.
SMALL-FLOWERED PRIMULINUS HYBRIDS
Ivory and Mauve, ivory-cream.
Pink Rival, pinkish-salmon.
Scarlet Maid, orange-scarlet.
Strawberry Rival, strawberry-orange.
Sulphur Gem, sulphur-yellow.
Violet Maid, reddish-violet.
Bo Peep, apricot-salmon.
Peter Pan, creamy-salmon.
Attica, pink flowers with scarlet lines.
Femina, pink with scarlet blotch.
Gipsy Love, orange with chestnut blotch.
Green Woodpecker, greenish-lemon.
Melodie, salmon-pink with scarlet throat.
Queen’s page, yellow with carmine blotch.
COLVILLEI (EARLY FLOWERING)
Amanda Mahy, salmon-pink.
Blushing Bride, ivory-white.
G. byzantinus, purple, hardy.
Peach Blossom, rosy-pink.
The Bride, pure white .