Container Grown Gladiolas
Photograph © Kerry Michaels
I keep getting seduced by sales of summer bulbs. Most recently I got an email from Holland Bulb Farms with an offer I couldn't refuse--100 premium gladiola bulbs for $19.78. Who could resist? Of course, I always forget that means that I will have to plant 100 gladiola bulbs, but there you go....
They also have a a great deal on a mixed gladiola bag of 30 bulbs for $2.30. When I called the company, I spoke to a lovely and knowledgeable woman named Mel, who explained that the difference between the mixed bag and the premium bag was that the bulbs in the premium bag were larger and therefore the blossoms would be larger. Also the premium bag has fancier gladiolas. However, I don't think you can go wrong with either.
I stick my summer bulbs in my perennial beds, and also stuff many large containers and reusable grocery bags with them. Because it takes awhile for them to bloom, I consider these cutting garden containers and put them out of the way, in a full-sun location, until they start exploding like fireworks, with flowers galore.