A student once gave me five or six gladiolus bulbs. They are a lot like lily or garlic bulbs. She told me that if I put them in the ground, they would come up and bloom the following year.
I put them in the ground as I was instructed, and they came up and bloomed as expected the next year. There were totally 20 or 30 flowers, and they attracted some bees and butterflies.
It’s really hard to imagine that such an inconspicuous plant that looks like grass can produce such stunning flowers. The petals are as delicate as thin paper, and each petal has fascinating shading. A cluster of flowers on a stem bloom from the bottom to the top, creating an exciting burst of color.
I brought a flowerpot up to my studio on the third floor, and carefully painted the gladiolus flowers. I wanted to add a cat, but there wasn’t enough room, so I just left it like this.＠