Okay. I’ll be the first to admit that 200 Gladiolus bulbs planted in one spot outside our mudroom door wasn’t the brightest idea. As I mentioned to you before, the bed they are in outside looks like a terrible mess! Thanks to a reader named Mary Leigh (who does home and garden PR for DigDropDone.com and LilyOccasions.com) and to Tami (my garden helper) I have learned that you typically do not plant so many so close together. You do indeed stake them if you’re not planning on using them as a cutting garden. And you can plant them to bloom in succession if you want a more controlled look to the flower bed. I suppose if I were to plant this many Gladiolus (to use as a cutting garden) again that I would put them in a less conspicuous spot. This year however, I am happy to tell you that I couldn’t be happier with the result of these blooms…indoors! Since the start of August I have been harvesting armloads of Glads each week and bringing them inside to enjoy them. I love the height and scale of these flowers, and the color palette I picked is spot on in every room in the house.The photo above is a good flower arranging reminder. What you use low in the flower arrangement, you use up high. Take notice: I’ve used at least one of each color of bloom along the lip of the vase for this flower arrangement. These stems are creating a structure that will help me to be able to get the taller flowers to stand up in the center of the arrangement where I want them to. That’s a nifty tip, don’t you think?Keep in mind that the larger the mouth of your flower vessel, the more stems you will need to make the arrangement look beautiful and bountiful. In this case, I did a flower arrangement using all the different varieties in bloom for the library, and used the leftovers to make another for the fireplace room.Because I had mostly yellow blooms to start with, the one for the fireplace room was limited only to yellow Gladiolus. This is a good thing because the color palette in this fireplace room is decidedly neutral. In my opinion, this room always looks the best with pale peach or yellow blooms in it.With the cooler weather on it’s way (and fire-building season right around the corner!) the fact that there is enough room on the Bourbon bar for an arrangement of this size means it is time to replenish our stock. I like to keep at least 4-5 different varieties of Bourbon on that bar, and it looks like we’re down to just two!