Plants & Posies – Gladiolus Part 2/Making a Glamelia

The picture above is a sample of an old-fashioned corsage technique called a glamelia. This type of corsage uses gladiolus petals, wired and bundled together to create a large flower that resembles a camellia or a peony. There are stunning examples of these bouquets on Pinterest: Click here to view Glamelia Wedding Bouquets.

Here is a link that will take you to excellent instructions on how to create a glamelia corsage or bouquet: How to make a Glamelia

Plants – Gladiolus Arrangement Part I

I love gladiolus stems. They are very economical at this time of year. My local supermarket sells bunches of ten for under $2.00. They are a great flower for a Fourth of July flower arrangement.

I also took several reference photographs for future close-focus paintings. I am certainly getting a lot of mileage out of the money I spent.

Floral Arrangement Tips for Gladiolus: Cut stems on an angle with floral snips. This enables more of the stem to soak up water. To force gladiolus florets to open quickly pinch off the top tips.

More tips can be found here: Gladiolus Tips for Floral Arrangements

Posies – Church Flowers

Last week, I arranged apricot roses, chartreuse mums and yellow, peach-tinged alstromeria into one-sided arrangements for our church services. The flowers were in honor of our mother’s May birthdays.

The roses bloomed quickly, the alstromeria a bit slower, thankfully it opened in time for the Sunday services. I love alstromeria. The roses are glorious, but not long-lasting; the alstromeria will hold onto it’s petals for two weeks or more.

After church, I gave one arrangement to my mother, and took the second to my mother-in-law. They were both pleased with the bouquets.

Gorgeous color combo.