July 23, 2019

The Rhapsody Plays On

Gladiolus 'Rhapsody in Blue'

Janine Pineo Photo | Gladiolus ‘Rhapsody in Blue’

A flower can make its own music, much like Gladiolus ‘Rhapsody in Blue.’ This rosy-lavender variety is a reliable grower, blossoming later in the summer from a spring planting. The sword-like foliage is the source of the botanical name, taken from the Latin gladius for “a sword.” From that comes the meaning of the flower and what it symbolizes through the centuries: strength and moral integrity. As a genus, gladiolus is a curious one; of the 260 species, 250 are native to South Africa in one small region of the world known as the Cape Floristic Region, one of six floral kingdoms in the world.

And a little music to go with this one, just because it deserves it.