Glorious Gladiolus (and peach poppies)


Magic is in the air which you breathe,

O’ strange and lovely gladioli!
Your blade shaped leaves and tall spikes
Have caused you to be christened valiant ‘sword lily’.Towering stately over other worthy neighbours,
You are a constant reminder of the strength of character over glory,
and the power of sincerity over artificiality.

Here are the charming salmon orange tones,
and there a glad pink dwarf stands
Why ,look at the regal dew-adorned purple and the gay yellow,
Even while a red eyed white bride blushes quietly in the corner;sweet and mellow.
Every warm and passionate color,
Spreading the bewitching sheen of remembrance and love
And amongst its dazzling plethora of displays,
There are no ‘blues’ to talk of woes and melancholy days.

Offering the eye a visual cacophony of shapes and rainbows,
Representing the victorious gladiators who defeated all foes,
A jewel of this earth, August’s birthflower,
Charismatic, brilliant and beauteous
Oh! gladiolus, you are truly glorious!

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Okay, so I love the gladiolus, don’t get me wrong, BUT….. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, August’s other flower is the poppy, which is absolutely one of my favorite flowers EVER.

So I was thinking since it’s my birthday month, and this is my blog, I would put the spotlight on the poppy — peach poppy to be specific.





peach poppy


I mean, is that not the most delicate, feminine, absolutely beautiful thing you’ve ever SEEN?!

YES. Just yes. I LOVE it.

Peach poppies are definitely having a moment in the floral design world right now, but even when that moment is over,

I will be there. Because this love is real..


I guess it wouldn’t be fair just to do fun facts for one flower, so I’ll do both.



  • The gladiolus represents remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation
  • A red poppy signifies remembrance (what’s with all of the remembrance this month?), a white poppy is given for consolation, and a yellow poppy wishes wealth and success
  • A peach poppy signifies happiness because it is Mallie’s birthday and is given to her because it’s her birthday and she loves them (had to make something up 😉 also **HINT HINT**)
  • A French woman named Moina Michael conceived the idea of Poppy Day
  • The ancient name for the gladiolus is xiphium, which comes from the Greek word xiphos meaning sword


I hope y’all enjoy the last full month of summer!

(But if you’re like me, you’re probably ready for that fall weather..)

Forever Floral,



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