Gladiolas from the Farmers Market

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Gladiolas are one of my favorite flowers to have around the house.  They are just so dramatic, colorful and cheerful.  With so many colors to choose from, it’s usually hard to decide.  If you’ve ever seen a field of gladiolas, it’s quite a sight!

My local farmers market has a wonderful local fresh flower vendor.  While maybe a little more expensive than the grocery store florists, the flowers are always super fresh and last longer in the vase. They also give wonderful flower care advice.  This is this week’s purchase and some of their advice.

Fresh bunch from the farmers market!

Fresh bunch from the farmers market!

The flower vendor always offers to make a fresh cut with a super sharp chopper

The flower vendor always offers to make a fresh cut with a super sharp guillotine type cutter

Buy the bunch that seems to have the most color peeping out from the buds.  If there's color, it'll bloom. Closed up tight, it'll never bloom!

Buy the bunch that seems to have the most color peeping out from the buds. If there’s color, it’ll bloom. Closed up tight, it’ll never bloom!

Pinch off all the tips where the buds are closed up tight.  No sense making the stem waste energy on bids that won;t bloom.

Pinch off all the tips where the buds are closed up tight. No sense making the stem waste energy on bids that won’t bloom.

Taking off the tips makes the bouquet look a lot neater.

Taking off the tips makes the bouquet look a lot neater.

Beautiful, stunning display.  A few years ago, I finally invested in just the right sized vase to hold these flowers.

Beautiful, stunning display. A few years ago, I finally invested in just the right sized vase to hold these flowers.

4 responses to “Gladiolas from the Farmers Market

  1. I love Glads and even grew them here for many years. They multiplied too freely though, so I culled them. They are an old fashioned flower that never goes out of style.

    • I tried to grow them in New Jersey, but I moved before they could really get going. I don’t think I have the right kind of space to grow them here.

  2. That’s a stunning color! Good tip about pinching off the younger buds.

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