Types of Gladioli for Decoration
are ideal for indoor decoration either by themselves or with other autumn flowers. The different types of 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. 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 indoordecoration 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 ofavailable, 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 Improvement is gradual but constant, and consequently the following list of first-class varieties may quickly become out of date.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.
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.
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.
The Bride, pure white .