The Glorious Gladiolus

The Gladiolus is not often thought of as a "gourmet" flower, as it is inexpensive and rather common. That said, the "sword lily" has enormous variation in color, size, and shape, and is a lovely flower for arrangements needing height and strong support. I find them delicate and quite lovely, and they last longer than many other cut flowers. In this simple cluster, gladioli (plural) are the star, with some garden rose added to break things up a bit. Note: According to Wikipedia, Gladiolus is the appropriate flower for a 40th wedding anniversary.

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I really love the color and delicate-looking buds Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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I thought that these blue glass vases would be a perfect contrast to the peach, pink, and white of the gladioli and roses Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Because of their strong stems, Gladiolus are very easy to arrange and keep in place. They are great anchors for a large arrangement because of this property. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Beautiful, Wonderful Tuberose

Tuberose is one of my absolute favorite flowers. My mother has always loved them and she has passed that love on to me as a young girl. Not only are they beautiful, but their aroma is quite exquisite. In fact, they were the primary flower for my wedding and to this day many friends who attended tell me that tuberose reminds them of my wedding day. Today is my 13th wedding anniversary to my husband - my best friend! So, I thought it quite appropriate to share this DIY with you today!

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I believe this vessel is really meant to be used as a potting planter, but I decided that the color went beautifully with the floral combination. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: tuberose, acorn, garden rose, ranunculus, blushing bride

They happened to have acorns at the flower mart, so I thought that it would be unique to use them with the tuberose - a combination that I had never seen before!

Begin with the acorn branches, place them freely inside the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the tuberose Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Continue with the blushing bride Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

...and ranunculus Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Finally, add the garden roses in an remaining space. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Here is a photo of my husband and I on our wedding day doing the tango to the song from Scent of a Woman "Por una Cabeza"! It was a beautiful night - I can't believe 13 years have already passed! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood