The gladiolis that I planted last year and thought had died have bloomed again this year! They are a hardy flower, which is great for neglectful gardeners such as moi. I used to dislike glads. That was until my father planted them in his garden a few years ago and I saw them return the next year after a hard winter. Another reason I like glads now is because white ones were included in mine and My Darling Husband's wedding floral arrangements. Glads are an old-fashioned flower which fit perfectly into the vintage decorating of our wedding.
The vase is an heirloom from one of my grandmothers. I think it is very suitable for gladiolus; the gaudy parrots compliment the gaudy glads.