Gladiolas or Glad’s as some people call them are a great summer bulb. Their attractiveness has diminished in the last decade or two. They were highly used as a cut flower in massive bouquets. They are not winter hardy and have to be dug and stored over the winter and planted the following year. As it is not a native and the time involved to grow them many a Gardner has chosen not to grow them.
If you grew them this year it is the time to dig them and store in a 45. degree non lighted area. Do not let them freeze.
However this all said they are a glorious addition to a garden and are a great cut flower. Look now for some great looking colors for next spring.
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We are in the dog days of summer and many summer flowers are the stopping off place for many insects that also enjoy the summer flowers. Bees are looking for pollen and nectar that help maintain and build their hives over the winter. Honeybees are one of the first animals that were domesticated by man. Honey and bees wax have long been a sought after products by man. These little work horses are good at turning pollen and nectar into a food fit for Kings and the wax was used for many things. It does not go bad without refrigeration and stays good for some time. It was also fermented to make mead a drink talked about in ancient times used by Vikings and Roman Gods. The wax used as preservative and a source for light. Continue reading