A very special friend brought me a very special birthday gift earlier this year.
She brought me a sack of Gladiolus bulbs.
We share bits and pieces from our gardens with one another all of the time. In fact, we hardly ever get together without sharing cuttings and discussing our gardens.
Yet this was a special gift.
Although our friend loves and grows Gladiolus in her own garden, these were bulbs she had selected especially as a gift for me. She brought two colors; a blue and a violet.
But this gift was also a challenge, because I haven’t grown Glads in the past. She was inviting me to explore a new genus not yet in the garden.
The weather was still cold and wet when she brought them, and I had no idea where they would best grow.
I also had to do a little research before feeling confident enough to plant them.
I just took the time to enjoy them for a little while, and consider all of the possibilities before the day came to plant them in the garden.
In retrospect, there was only one proper place to enjoy these beautiful glads: The new stump garden.
It receives full sun, and the plants already growing are lush and large enough to help provide support to these very tall flowers.
And now they are coming into glorious bloom.
What a wonderful gift of love and beauty!
As the blossoms open, it is a new gift to enjoy each day!
And a reminder of our very special friend….
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014