I'm most definitely not the formal flower arrangement kind....rounded bouquets with evenly dispersed springs of baby's breath between a still arrangement is not my cup of tea. I much prefer a single type of bloom in a container rather than a vase and a loose, untidy arrangement that goes well with my loose, untidy house.
Gladiolas remind me of the Mennonite ladies who set up little stands outside their rural Ontario farms farms in August and September, with bundles of glads tied up with twine and sitting in a plastic bucket of water with a little box to collect the money on the Honor System. These I found at the supermarket, although they are locally grown according to the sign. $3.99 a bunch. I bought 2, so quite a deal for $7.98.
Not having a tall enough vase, I opted for my poor man's tin champagne bucket, and posed them for their photo shoot. Once I looked at my shots, I realized how untidy my kitchen table was. A bag of cat food, a fabric sample for a client, a tin of dog biscuits and a host of other Bits that clearly needed putting away before I could safely photograph these beauties and enter them in Jane's Flowers in the House party today. For much tidier houses and arrangements pop on over to visit Jane over at Small But Charming.
Oh...I couldn't resist snapping one of Frenchie as he observed the shenanigans ........